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Introducing Expert Witness Testimony to Explain Victim Behavior in Sexual and Domestic Violence Prosecutions
The protocol for explaining victim behavior during a criminal prosecution depends upon the laws of a particular jurisdiction as well as the specific circumstances of each case. Nevertheless, for the reasons set forth in this monograph, practices which include describing victim behavior in terms of a syndrome are not recommended. There are general rules that prosecutors can follow in order to explain victim behavior effectively. This monograph sets forth recommended practices for addressing victim behavior in a sexual or domestic violence prosecution, and providing an accurate context in which a jury can evaluate a victim’s behavior.
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Last Updated: 7/28/2015 10:35:14 AM
 
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