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Handbook on Effective Prosecution Responses to Violence against Women and Girls

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Prosecutors play a critical role in the criminal justice response to violence against women and girls. Prosecuting gender based violent crime can be challenging. Often there are a number of challenges, due to the private nature of the offence, and police investigation may be substandard. Victims may be uncooperative, withdraw or recant their complaints. Judges or juries may employ gender bias or common myths surrounding violence against women and girls when examining the credibility of the victim and the facts of the case. Drawing upon the updated Model Strategies and Practical Measures on the Elimination of Violence against Women in the Field of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (General Assembly resolution 65/228, annex), UNODC and UN Women have drafted the Handbook on Effective Prosecution Responses to Violence against Women and Girls. Recognizing that prosecutors work in different legal systems, it is meant to be a helpful resource for individual prosecutors and prosecution services.

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Evidentiary issues

Recognizing that the trial period is somewhat different depending on which legal system a prosecutor works in, this section covers broad evidentiary issues that might arise in one or more legal systems. Prosecutors should be familiar with a range of evidentiary rules that are applicable to cases involving gender-based violence in their jurisdiction, including but not limited to the use of expert witnesses, forensic testimony and exceptions to the hearsay rule in appropriate jurisdictions. Particularly relevant in cases involving girl victims of violence or witnesses to violence, prosecutors should consider the role of children as witnesses in consultation with child psychologists or other such experts. Prosecutors should also become conversant with strategies to deal with complex cases such as strangulation of victims by perpetrators, allegations of an assault committed by the victim or victim-absent prosecutions.

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