Report: 63% of domestic violence cases close

November 17, 2010 14:03

Sixty-three percent of police cases dealing with domestic family violence have been closed due to a "lack of evidence," according to a report by Army Radio on Wednesday.

According to a recent Israel police investigation, 30% of the cases being closed should have never been closed and 41% of the cases could have been issued indictments. In addition, the investigation found that the communication between welfare services and the police is lacking. Part of the cases will be closed by police investigators, who are not certified to carry out such a move as prosecutors are, and have not consulted the appropriate individuals.

A senior police official said the figure puts many families with a history of violence towards women or children in serious risk.

Another senior police officer claimed that the inappropriate handling of domestic violence cases has led to the recent surge of family violence incidents.

"The investigation refers to an investigation by the state comptroller," the police said in response. "Our response will be submitted directly to the state comptroller office."

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