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What should you on the trial day?

Exercise your story

Although you were abused regularly, it is possible that you never had the opportunity to sit and expose coherently and consistently the facts in the order that they occurred. By practising the recounting of the events in front of another person you will be less emotional when giving testimony in front of the court. At the same time, it is welcomed to exercise your story because you will be able to remember new important details.

You should speak about the circumstances of your case in a clear manner in your own words. Try to focus on the relevant details of the violence or harassment acts, or other behaviour you described in the complaint. For example, when you describe an event during which the abuser hit you, explain how you were hit, on which side of the body, give details about the intensity of the hits (if there were various hits), what pain or injuries you suffered, if the perpetrator used any gun or object that produced injuries when hitting you, etc. If you speak about the threats used by the perpetrator, do not paraphrase by saying: ‘He threatened to kill me’. Try to remember in detail what words were used for example, ‘He threatened to cut my neck and throw me in the river’. In other words, any detail is important.

You should make a short presentation or notes for yourself about incidents of violence you have experienced. You can ask the judge if you may use the notes while giving testimony. But you must be prepared to speak without them if they are not accepted; moreover, reading the declarations about the acts of violence creates the impression of untruth for the court and other participants in the trial.

If you have children and they were abused, we recommend you consult a lawyer specialised in cases of domestic violence on how to present the evidence of child abuse.

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