The StarPress.com (online news from Central Indiana) ran an article today on domestic violence and law enforcement cases. The focus is on the difficulty of prosecuting abusers if the victim refuses to press charges, or recants her allegations. Read this article here. Law enforcement in some Indiana counties is working on new strategies to prosecute abusers, even if the victim later turns uncooperative.
One proposed strategy to is to penalize those who first report assault/domestic violence, and then later recant. "Those who actually recant earlier allegations of battery will likely find themselves the target of a criminal investigation, facing the possibility of charges ranging from obstruction of justice to false informing," according to this article.
Other parts of the plan are to have responding police officers compile more evidence and extensive reports, and any victim who later wishes to have the charges against her abuser dropped would be required to take a 10 hour class on the cycle of violence and abuse.
What do you think about possibly prosecuting victims of abuse who later recant and thus prevent prosecution of their abusers? Is this just further re-traumatizing victims? Will it lead to fewer reported abuse instances? Is this holding victims accountable for following through on their actions? Take a short survey here, results will be reported later on this blog.