Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Hargrove would tell her story multiple times in the House Office Building on Tuesday, as she joined with lawmakers and advocates pushing for Maryland to establish a felony strangulation law.
Hargrove said she wanted lawmakers to understand what it feels like to be strangled, “to not know whether you’re going to wake up.”
Stella Hargrove, a domestic violence survivor, chokes back tears in the House Office Building on Tuesday after telling her story of abuse, including strangulation, at the hands of her ex-husbaMnd.
Under current Maryland law, strangulation can be charged as a first-degree assault ― which says “a person may not intentionally cause or attempt to cause serious physical injury” with loss of bodily functions or a substantial risk of death ― but prosecutors say the cases are difficult to prove in court.
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