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Philadelphia Daily News | Domestic Terrors

(09/10/2014) Teresa Garvey, an attorney adviser for AEquitas, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that provides resources to prosecutors handling domestic-violence cases, said victims are often afraid of participating in a trial.

"I know some of the intimidation and fear and pressure is greater on those victims, for a few different reasons," she said.

"Often, law-enforcement families have very active social relationships where all the families do things together, so you know there's going to be pressure from [the abusers'] friends and their families," she said.

"We also have the fact that police officers in general are often specifically trained on manipulative techniques . . . even without laying a hand on the victim, they know how to intimidate."

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