Police respond to a domestic violence call one night. They see that the husband has scratches on his face and arms, and begin to question the wife. What the officers do not see is the bruising on the wife’s body, particularly her back, where she has been beaten by the husband.
The wife takes her culture’s beliefs seriously, and so she may not show the officer the wounds on her back because she can not remove her clothing in the presence of a man who is not her husband. The officers believe she is using this as an excuse for her attack on her husband but does not believe that she has been a victim, so she is arrested for assaulting her husband. She spends two days in jail.
Department of Social Services (DSS) is called because they have an 8-year-old child. After DSS investigates, they determine that the husband has been abusing the wife. She is sent to victim’s counseling, and he is sent to an intervention program. Another attorney is hired to represent her to get the false assault charges dropped, but that attorney is unsuccessful.
Our attorney is hired. She discusses the issues of the case with the District Attorney, and before the case even comes to court the charges against the wife are dismissed.
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