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Victim jailed in domestic violence case

Victim jailed in domestic violence case



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Domestic violence advocates are outraged after a victim of abuse is thrown in jail while her attacker roams free.

Prosecutors say they had no choice but to throw the woman in jail. They were afraid she wouldn't show up to testify under a material witness warrant.

Judy Kasten Bell, executive director of the Utah Domestic Violence Council, says this precedent will keep more victims from coming forward.

"What this does is give an absolute chilling effect to victims because what they don't want to do is have to go to jail and to be able to be compelled to go to court," she said.

Kasten Bell says it's very traumatizing for domestic abuse victims to face their attacker.

E-mail: pmchardy@ksl.com

Paul McHardy

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