A recurring concern in domestic violence cases is whether and how the victim will testify at trial. Many victims are subject to intense pressures—including intimidation and manipulation—that discourage them from participating in a criminal prosecution. When victims do participate, they may minimize the level of violence or the defendant’s culpability, recant prior statements, or testify for the defense. While these cases present unique challenges, they can still be prosecuted successfully. This webinar focuses on: evidence-based considerations that enable prosecutors to remain victim-centered and to try cases where the victim is an absent or reluctant witness; investigative techniques that support a comprehensive approach to the identification and documentation of evidence, including evidence of intimidation and manipulation; trial strategies, including the use of expert testimony to explain victim behavior, that will enable the jury to return a guilty verdict regardless of whether or how the victim testifies.
This webinar recording should qualify prosecutors for 1 hour of continuing legal education (CLE) credits. Prosecutors are encouraged to contact their state bar association in reference to application requirements and related fees.