Domestic violence is a problem for many people. The sad reality is that domestic violence can turn fatal. The courts can prosecute people who abuse their spouses or another relative. In many cases, these charges are based on statements made by the victim.
When a report of domestic violence is made, victims might decide to cooperate with the authorities. After the situation calms down, the victim might opt to recant, or withdraw, the statements made regarding the incident. This is sometimes done out of fear of the abuser or guilt about the effects of the criminal charge.
If you are the victim of domestic violence, you should understand that you aren’t doing anything to your abuser. If your abuser is facing criminal charges, he or she should have had more self control. It isn’t your fault that he or she is facing criminal charges. As long as your statement was factual, you did the right thing.
Even without a victim’s statement, there is often enough evidence to charge the abuser. Police reports, photos taken at the scene, hospital reports and similar evidence are all useful in these cases. This means that even without your statement, the charges will likely stand.
For victims of domestic violence, the need to get out of the situation often occurs. This often comes with considerable fear because of the violent attacks. A restraining or protective order can help you to keep your abuser away from you since he or she would be ordered by the court to stay way. While this isn’t a foolproof method of remaining safe, it is a good layer of protection for you to consider if you are leaving an abusive relationship.
Source: FindLaw, “The Recanting Victim and Domestic Violence,” accessed March 24, 2017
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