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Domestic violence study shows why victims recant

A study looking at why victims of domestic violence recant says that the most common reason that victims drop charges against abusers is that the abuser appealed to the victim’s sympathy.  Most often, abusers said they were depressed or missed the victim and their children.

The study analyzed recorded conversations between 17 pairs of male abusers and female victims at a detention facility in Washington state.  All of the female victims later dropped charges against their abuser.

According to the lead author of the study, “The existing belief is that victims recant because the perpetrator threatens her with more violence.  But our results suggest something very different.  Perpetrators are not threatening the victim, but are using more sophisticated emotional appeals designed to minimize their actions and gain the sympathy of the victim.”

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