Came across this article that states 43% of domestic violence cases don’t go to trial – due to the victim being afraid of the perpetrator:
Carreón-Aínsa said the longstanding challenge of prosecuting domestic violence is dealing with fearful victims who struggle to accuse their husbands, boyfriends and other family members of battery.
In a May 19 e-mail to Phoenix police leaders, he raised concerns about a system in which the city “spent a large about of money with unsatisfactory results” and that the city failed to help victims.
The city responds to nearly 15,000 domestic-violence incidents each year in Phoenix – about 3,000, or 20 percent, of which are considered violent high-priority cases.
Bill Hart, one of the Morrison Institute researchers who published the August data analysis, said domestic violence the most commonly reported violent crime in Phoenix.
He said the report was intended to generate discussion. For example, data obtained from Phoenix showed that 1,500 released domestic violence suspects were unsupervised after their release, despite some risk for them to repeat the crime.
I’ve heard (and read the comment board on this article) that women should be punished when they fail to press charges or show up in court – I think this report helps dispel the myth of why women don’t do these actions. Also, I’ve read that the physical violence is just not as bad as the rest of the behavior – the coercion and control. So, battered women’s voices are the ones we should rely upon instead of assuming they want to be abused. Moreover, there is not enough affordable housing for battered women and the men often threaten to take the kids (and do). Note some of the comments – esp the one that calls the woman a bleep.