Published: July, 2008| Cindy Dyer

In the case of Giles v. California, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the doctrine of forfeiture by wrongdoing applied only when a defendant caused a victim’s absence from trial and did so with the specific intent to prevent the victim’s testimony or cooperation. The Office on Violence Against Women issued this statement in response to the Giles ruling to encourage the ongoing, aggressive prosecution of domestic violence cases.