By the time a domestic violence case reaches trial, many victims will no longer testify to the facts provided in their initial report. Proving a case with a recanting victim is possible, but whether or not to proceed with a reluctant victim is a determination that should be made carefully and on a case-specific basis. In this thirty-minute webinar, Carrie Newton from MDAA’s Family Violence and Sexual Assault Unit will discuss whether to call a reluctant victim as a witness and offer possible strategies for the direct examination of such witness at trial. She will also consider motions in limine that may be filed to help the jury understand a victim’s recantation and motions that can help the Commonwealth prove the case substantively.

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