To what extent are victim decisions to move forward with case prosecution based on valid

criteria? How can prosecutors determine whether their decision is motivated instead by


. From your own knowledge base, or what you have read, do most victims truly understand

the future risks of staying with someone who has battered in the past?


. Should prosecutors be able to prosecute cases without victim cooperation? If so, how?

Should they force victims to testify and penalize those who refuse if the case merits

aggressive prosecution? Can sufficient evidence be obtained to ensure victim cooperation

is not needed?