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*Margaret vividly remembers the times she was strangled by her ex-husband during their marriage.
Most times it was fleeting. Other times she feared he wouldn't let go of her neck.
"It was all about control and power for him, in doing what he did," she tells Mamamia.
"It happened about a dozen times during the marriage, and each time he did it, it terrified me. Eventually I managed to leave safely, and I'm in a good place now. But the impact the choking had is quite emotionally taxing. But it's also had a physical affect too, my doctors say. My windpipe isn't the same as it used to be."
Conversations about non-fatal strangulation are at an all-time high right now, with domestic violence advocates noting just how dangerous it can be for a person's health. There's the emotional and psychological distress of course, but it can also have long-term impacts on the body. And there's the potential for a delayed response in consequences too.
The pressure applied to the neck and lack of oxygen as a result can impact the brain severely, with a risk of brain damage that can occur weeks or even months later.
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