Those who have been the victim of domestic violence or who have witnessed a domestic assault may be asked to testify about that incident. Testimony is generally taken during the trial itself, and it is used to prove that person accused of domestic violence committed the crime. If the charge is considered a misdemeanor, the case will be heard in front of a judge without a jury.
Anyone who is asked to testify in court may seek assistance from a victim witness advocate. This person will be available throughout the trial process to listen to that person and can work with the court to address any witness concerns. It may also be possible for an advocate to accompany a witness to and from the courtroom. A witness only has to testify if he or she has been subpoenaed to do so. Witnesses may include individuals who saw the abuse happen or a police officer called to the incident.