Accused batterers get free legal representation but domestic violence victims don't

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Once domestic violence cases make their way through the legal system, accused batters have the right to a free court-appointed attorney, but domestic violence victims don't.

In some cases, having an attorney on a domestic violence case can increase the likelihood of obtaining a civil restraining order from 32 percent to 86 percent.

So what is happening in an effort to fix this? Legal aid groups around the country already focus on helping domestic violence survivors, and New York City alone spends more than $44 million per year working to respond to domestic violence reports, as well as arresting, prosecuting and supervising batterers.

If we want to see a change, it's crucial to spread awareness about the legal discrepancies that are involved with domestic violence cases.

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