Gael Strack, CEO of Family Justice Center Alliance also spoke during the presentation. She said in her prior work as a prosecutor in San Diego, she regularly saw cases of strangulation, which prompted her to be a voice for victims of domestic violence.

“We are doing this now because we realized that we have overlooked this particular type of crime, most victims have no visible injuries whatsoever and we have a tendency to not understand what we don’t see and have not been trained to do,” Strack explained.

Strack shared a few surprising statistics about strangulation. Women who are strangled just once are 800 percent more likely to be killed. Also, most police officers are usually killed by people with a history of domestic violence.

California law currently states anyone who strangles someone on purpose can face felony charges and serve up to four years in prison.