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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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The role of the prosecution agency in preventing crimes of violence against women and girls

Prosecution agencies can play an important role in the development and implementation of their State’s crime prevention strategies. Given their experience in prosecuting cases involving violence against women and girls, prosecutors can contribute their understanding of the gendered or risk factors associated with crime and victimization and how and whether different crime prevention strategies actually promote the safety of women and girls. They also are involved in participating in public awareness endeavours and training directed at school and college populations.

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