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Evidence Issues In Domestic Violence Civil Cases, Jane H. Aiken, Jane C. Murphy Jan 2000

Evidence Issues In Domestic Violence Civil Cases, Jane H. Aiken, Jane C. Murphy

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This article is intended to assist practitioners in anticipating and responding to some of the evidentiary challenges in civil cases in which relief is sought for the victims of domestic violence. First, expert testimony is often necessary to dispel common myths about battered women and to educate judges and juries about the dynamics of domestic violence. Recent case law, however, has limited the admissibility of "non-scientific" expert testimony and may make it difficult for practitioners to use experts in their cases. In addition, particular evidentiary issues arise when victims are pursuing both criminal and civil remedies against the batterer. This ...