Why do those experiencing family violence struggle with the cost of legal representation, and how does this hinder justice?

Having a joint bank account is one of the reasons why those who experience family violence often struggle with the cost of legal representation. This hinders justice because justice cannot be served if a victim decides not to take legal action for financial reasons.

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Sadly, family violence is a very common problem for many people of all different age groups these days. In an ideal world, all these victims of family violence would be able to report these crimes to the police, take the culprits to court, and get justice. Unfortunately, this is not the case at all for many victims in our world today. Let me explain to you why this is the case.

The main reason why many victims of family violence are unable to take legal action against family members who are violent towards them is because they lack the financial means to be able to do so.

Take for example a woman who is being physically abused by her husband. If this woman then decides to take legal action against her husband, she would have to pay a lawyer. Lawyers, however, are very expensive, and they frequently require an advance payment for their services. This would be difficult for many women to arrange without their husbands noticing, as many married couples these days have a shared bank account. Many women in this situation would therefore be too scared of being found out by their abusive husbands, which is why they decide not to take any legal action.

Clearly, this then hinders justice, as these abusive partners can continue to abuse their wives without any consequences and without justice being served.

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