More than once recently, I’ve had reason to be involved in discussions regarding “victims” who do not wish to testify against their alleged abusers in domestic violence cases. Most of these “victims” are women, though not all are. In some cases, I’m defending the alleged abuser; in others, I’m providing legal advice to the “victim” who wishes not to testify; in still others, it’s a more philosophical exercise — arguing the issue with ignoramuses on the Internet.
When working the cases, the hardest part is not that one human being might be abusing another and then is essentially being allowed to escape punishment because the “victim” won’t testify. Not at all. [Read more…]