How do you feel about domestic violence victims being prosecuted for not showing

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  1. adriennechristine profile image63
    adriennechristineposted 2 years ago

    How do you feel about domestic violence victims being prosecuted for not showing up to court?

    I'm just curious other peoples views on this. I overheard a discussion by the Director of Domestic Violence division about how they will go as far as to go pick the victim up. If they don't go willingly, they can then prosecute.

  2. bradmasterOCcal profile image29
    bradmasterOCcalposted 2 years ago

    I am sorry, but the question really doesn't have enough information to give a valid answer.

    In general, the prosecution loses their case, and to the state, they want to prosecute for the crimes committed against the victim.

    There is also a possibility that the victim may have not been truthful about the attack.

    The recent case against an Uber driver is easily made, and how do we know what went on between the two with no witnesses. While not a domestic violence issue, there is commonality in the reasons for victims not showing up in court.

    The question is are all victims of violence telling the truth?

    Again, my answer lacks specific instances of violence.

  3. dashingscorpio profile image87
    dashingscorpioposted 2 years ago

    I assume you're talking about victims who want to change their mind regarding prosecuting their abuser or they're afraid to so they pull a "no show" in court and the charges get dropped. They "made up".
    Whenever someone is on a "witness list" and doesn't show up for court a judge will allow attorneys to locate that person. Laws vary.
    Maybe the prosecution is to discourage wasting the court's time.
    I know almost every district attorneys office in California has a special unit dedicated to prosecuting domestic violence cases. {They usually will proceed with the case even if the accuser "recants" or insists he/she doesn't want to press charges.}
    Personally speaking I can't imagine intentionally missing a court date no matter what it is including a traffic ticket. I would expect some form of punishment/penalty for pulling a "no show".

    1. adriennechristine profile image63
      adriennechristineposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, I sure was. I probably didn't phrase the questions proper;y. I totally agree with you. I can understand the women being in fear, but I also know personally the consequences of not pressing charges when need be. Thank you for your answer!


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