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A Criminal Defense Attorney's View
The allegedly assaulted person can provide the government with an "affidavit of non-prosecution," a document stating prosecution is not desired and requesting the case to be dropped. Until recently, such affidavits were given substantial consideration from the government. After all, why would the authorities want to prosecute when the actual victim did not desire it? The answer is simple:
A case of alleged domestic violence now belongs to "The Family Violence Industry."
A constant complaint from those at the center of a family violence investigation is how irrelevant the family is to the investigative team. The team wants to win the case. It wants a criminal conviction. And will do anything to get it. The team, despite its public overtures, does not care about the individual family it is making life-altering decisions for. The family, alleged victim, defendant, and children alike are all mere pawns, literally at the mercy of this governmental machine.
The machine knows very well how to destroy families, yet it knows nothing of healing them.
'The woman sitting across the table often breaks into tears and fits of trembling. She lives in fear. She says she has been threatened and emotionally battered by those who call themselves "front-line workers" in the war against violence against women." Since the violence against women specialists invaded their lives a year ago, husband and wife have developed ulcers, been financially battered and say they survived many attempts to break up their marriage.
Now they're angry... From the start the advice from support workers connected to the Domestic Violence Court was that she should break up her marriage. She should not risk living with a violent man. Her attempts to defend her husband were met with we-understand-and-we-know-better attitudes; she was afraid of him and was trying to protect him so he wouldn't be angry. When it became clear she had no intention of separating from her husband, the threats from domestic violence specialists connected to the court moved to a new level that still terrifies her.
"They seemed to be threatening to take my child. They said if I wasn't going to protect my child from his father, then the system would have to."
"I learned it's a system that doesn't listen."
Dave Brown, The Ottawa Citizen, 2001
"Cult of The Domestic Violence Industry"
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