The Reluctant Witness

  1. In domestic violence cases, victims are sometimes reluctant to testify for various reasons. Experience has shown that the greater and the earlier the support a victim receives, the less likelihood is there that he or she will recant or become reluctant. The prosecutor will wish to be satisfied that police and social workers are liaising with the victim and providing appropriate support services. The prosecutor should always seek an early date for trial if the case involves a vulnerable witness or the interests of justice otherwise so require.