Susan Murphy-Milano, an intimate partner specialist, is unveiling new high-tech application which gives a voice to victims of domestic violence at the Techno‐Forensic Conference this week in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
“It’s powerful investigative information left in a videotaped document that is delivered directly to law enforcement and selected safe persons,” Murphy-Milano explains. “In cases that result in murder, the victim’s words can be admitted into testimony at trial as a ‘Last Will and Testament’ and carry weight in court.”
The Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit is documentation and information coming directly from the victim, providing the offender’s description, identity, behavior, and possible motivation.
Most of all, says Murphy-Milano, the tool gives a voice to those who have previously been silenced.
“In the past, victim’s voices were silenced,” she says. “If the victim was missing or dead, testimony given on her behalf by others who knew of the violence, knew about threats made against her, or knew of possible motives for her murder, have been dismissed as hearsay. Now, with the Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit, the victim will have documented her abuse through video and other legal procedures that will allow it to be used in court as her words, should she disappear or be murdered.”
The technology will be available as a downloadable application from the Apple App Store on December 25.
~ Cathy Scott