Nearly half of women who claim they were beaten by their partner later drop charges - judge

Almost half of all women who suffer domestic violence by their partners later drop the charges, a judge claimed. Judge Desmond Zaidan said that prosecutions that are withdrawn in court end up wasting a lot of garda resources. The judge told Naas District Court last week that he estimated that 40% of cases under the Domestic Violence Act that come before him are later withdrawn by the state because the complainant drops the charges. He said: "It takes a considerable amount of garda resources to investigate a case to the point where a hearing is ready to go ahead." He added: "There are statistics that the public doesn't know." Judge Zaidan made his comments after he was requested by gardai to withdraw a bench warrant for the arrest of a man accused of assaulting his partner after the woman concerned withdraw the complaint.

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