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Handbook on Effective Prosecution Responses to Violence against Women and Girls

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Prosecutors play a critical role in the criminal justice response to violence against women and girls. Prosecuting gender based violent crime can be challenging. Often there are a number of challenges, due to the private nature of the offence, and police investigation may be substandard. Victims may be uncooperative, withdraw or recant their complaints. Judges or juries may employ gender bias or common myths surrounding violence against women and girls when examining the credibility of the victim and the facts of the case. Drawing upon the updated Model Strategies and Practical Measures on the Elimination of Violence against Women in the Field of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (General Assembly resolution 65/228, annex), UNODC and UN Women have drafted the Handbook on Effective Prosecution Responses to Violence against Women and Girls. Recognizing that prosecutors work in different legal systems, it is meant to be a helpful resource for individual prosecutors and prosecution services.

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Improving service delivery

Prosecution agencies should consider reviewing the work of prosecution services to ensure that they are responsive to women and girls who are victims of violence. This would include examining the management of human and physical resources, the allocation of resources, the operational support to prosecution personnel, how to improve case screening and caseload management, how to enhance service delivery for victims and improve their access to justice as well as examining accountability and public understanding of the prosecution services.

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