Objection!: Utilizing Hearsay Exceptions in Domestic Violence Cases

Objection!: Utilizing Hearsay Exceptions in Domestic Violence Cases

By: Kyla Barranco

Despite its wide prevalence, sexual violence is one of the most unreported crimes in the world. Faced with uncooperative victims reluctant to seek justice through the courts, prosecutors often struggle to bring perpetrators of sexual violence to justice.  Even with countries strengthening their laws criminalizing sexual violence, an inability to overcome evidentiary hurdles will leave these changes meaningless. Countries should follow the example of prosecutors in the United States who find unique ways to work within the general system to prosecute under the unique circumstances surrounding sexual violence. 

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