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Police fail victims of child violence. Almost fifty percent of cases dropped due to slovenly investigation. Police are under fire for giving lower priority for cases involving murder or violence and abuse against children. Figures from the organisation Voksne for Barn show that 42 percent of cases are put aside, whereas for adults it’s just 28 percent.

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Police fail victims of child violence

Published on Tuesday, 2nd February, 2010 at 12:27 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Almost fifty percent of cases dropped due to slovenly investigation.

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Unworthy

Police are under fire for giving lower priority for cases involving murder or violence and abuse against children.

Figures from the organisation Voksne for Barn show that 42 percent of cases are put aside, whereas for adults it’s just 28 percent.

“We assume the figures we have are just the tip of the iceberg. A high number of cases involving violence against children never make it into the legal system. This isn’t worthy of a constitutional state,” Ingrid Vea, the group’s press spokesperson tells NRK.

“Incompetence”

Many of the cases that do end up in court are appallingly investigated. Fredrik Brodwall, a lawyer, criticises police for not shielding children’s legal safeguards.

“There can be investigations where neither central people nor the aggrieved children have been interviewed, the interrogations have been substandard, or where no technical analysis has been made. There’s been almost laziness or incompetence in several such cases,” he says.

Lower sentences

There have also been cases in where the accused has received a lower sentence because of the child’s age.

“I’ve had several cases where adults injuring other adults have given much higher sentences. The younger the child, the harder you can hit it, without risking more than a short term in jail. I think it’s extremely peculiar that children, who really need our protection, are far from getting it,” says Counsel Arne Seland.

Review

The Department of Justice has now warned of increased penalties for crimes of violence against children; something that Aktar Chaudry, the Socialist Left Party’s (SV) representative on the Parliamentary Judiciary Committee supports.

“Violence against children should mean higher, rather than lower sentences.”



Published on Tuesday, 2nd February, 2010 at 12:27 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: child, violence, courts, sentences, police, barrister, murder, abuse, norway, justice.





  
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