How the justice system turned a domestic violence victim into an accused murderer

Four years ago, Jonda Stephen found herself in a life or death situation. Her partner had hit her in the head multiple times with an iron, so she picked up a knife and stabbed him, in self-defence.

Ms Stephen’s lawyer asked the Police Commissioner to remove the detective in charge, Ryan Jeffcoat, from the case because of alleged bias and a lack of understanding of domestic violence.

Police dismissed the complaint.

“We thought that his view of the case was flawed from the beginning and that he didn’t have an independent mind to bring to the investigation or the prosecution,” Ms Wright said.

“All I can think is they have no idea about domestic violence, even though they’ve implemented all this training, because I can’t understand how they saw me as being a perpetrator when Chris was twice my size and strength,” Ms Stephen said.

Source: How the justice system turned a domestic violence victim into an accused murderer – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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