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Q: If you could change one thing about the civil justice system that would help victims, what would it be? Explain why
A: Firstly, although the justice system doesn't always get it right, because it is run by human people, who can make mistakes, [ there doesn't seem to be a serious problem with victims of domestic abuse being victimised by the justice system. I would hate anyone to be discouraged from exercising their rights to protection by any false impression that they are most likely to be revictimized. That is
something a lot of abusers deliberately cultivate, the impression that however bad it is with them it will be WORSE elsewhere, and a fear of "the system". That's why a lot of victims stay. If you think this is happening to you first consider a couple of possibilities: a) "The courts, police, evaluators, guardian ad lit em" - it is their job to treat both parties as equals, if they show partiality that CAN be used against the victim. Of course, in practice treating both parties in abuse as equals does effectively mean that the abuser is getting more apparent credit than he is due, and the victim is getting less. b) You ever watch "Judge Judy"? I have, and if I had a dollar for every time I have seen her listen patiently and sympathetically to the most ridiculous stories, while abruptly telling the other party to be quiet...and then rule AGAINST those she was sympathising with...apparent sympathy can be a tactic, even in the courtroom, to draw an abuser out and get them to show their hand. The more sympathy you pile on a liar the more they relax and the more likely they are to make mistakes. Most people within the justice system are not fools. I doubt if most people can keep up an act good enough to fool professionals ... trying and failing could make things MUCH worse. You get caught out in too many lies and synthetic reactions and people start to wonder what kind of truth you are hiding. Imagine, if you realise everything about somebody is phony, you aren't going to jump to the conclusion that she is totally innocent. If you really feel you are being victimised try to find other professionals who will advocate. Start with the refuges. ]
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