Issues arise when a victim of domestic violence (DV) refuses to assist in providing evidence in the prosecution of the offender or later retracts their evidence. There are many reasons why this happens, which include fear and misguided loyalties.The challenges would include:
This researcher has personally been made aware of occasions when officers have recounted scenarios where DV victims pointedly refuse to give evidence or retract evidence during the prosecution procedure. Body-worn cameras is one potential method of securing vital on-scene evidence both visually and audibly.This research will examine if the more widespread use of body cameras in DV situations would be effective in the majority of cases, thus leading to a greater chance of successful prosecution with or without the victim's evidence. By identifying a framework for procedure, the correct use of cameras in DV situations could become second nature to officers. In the longer term, their use should be both cost-effective to the police and fairer to victims as there could be more chance of prosecution.
Research methods will be mixed but with a main focus on quantitative data.