How to build a domestic abuse case without a lawyer

How to collect and present evidence of abuse

How to collect and present evidence of abuse

Legal systems and procedures can be complex, slow and rigid. This can discourage a lot of us from seeking help, especially without the right information.

In this course, we will walk you through types of evidence you need to build a case of domestic abuse by collecting and presenting evidence.

You can use the steps in this course to convince a lawyer to take your case or help your lawyer make your case better.

Even if you do not seek to file a case, you can still use this evidence as leverage to approach social services or any organisation that helps domestic abuse victims and survivors. You can also store these evidence to use later, if you ever wish to file a case.

This course has been built by survivors of domestic abuse with the help of lawyers from many countries. While the course is not specific to the laws of every country, this information will be useful for most countries.

Our bite-sized information is put together in digestible steps called notes. Follow these below.

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Note 1 - How to use this course

Hello! Welcome to lesson 1 of 21. Today you’ll learn what to expect from this course and how to use it. Don’t worry i...

Note 2 - Collecting evidence

Hello and welcome to lesson 2 of 21! In the last lesson you learned about how to use this course and what topics we’l...

Note 3- Type of evidence

Hello and welcome to lesson 3 of 21! In the last lesson you learned about the importance of collecting evidence, and ...

Note 4 - Types of evidence: Documentary evidence

Hello and welcome to lesson 4 of 21! In the last lesson you learned about different types of evidence that might help...

Note 5 - Types of evidence: Physical/real evidence

Hello and welcome to lesson 5 of 21! In the last lesson you learned about documentary evidence and how it can help yo...

Note 6 - Types of evidence: Testimony

Hello and welcome to lesson 6 of 21! In the last lesson you learned about physical/real evidence and how it can help ...

Note 7 - Types of evidence: Original

Hello and welcome to note 7 of 21! In the last note you learned about testimony evidence and how it can help you buil...

Note 8 - Types of evidence: Hearsay

Hello and welcome to lesson 8 of 21! In the last lesson you learned about original evidence and how it can help you b...

Note 9 - Documenting abuse

Hello and welcome to lesson 9 of 21! In the last lesson you learned about hearsay evidence. Today you’re going to lea...

Note 10 - Presenting your case: Folder

Hello and welcome to lesson 10 of 21! You’re almost done with half of this course. Congratulations! In the last lesso...

Note 11 - Presenting your case: Cover letter

Hello and welcome to lesson 11 of 21! In the last lesson, you learnt about presenting your case in the form of a fold...

Note 12 - Presenting your case: Personal statement

Hello and welcome to lesson 12 of 21! In the last lesson, you learnt about writing a cover letter for your evidence f...

Note 13 - Presenting your case: Timeline of events

Hello and welcome to lesson 13 of 21! In the last lesson, you learnt how to frame and write a personal statement. In ...

Note 14 - Presenting your case: Supporting statements

Hello and welcome to lesson 14 of 21! In the last lesson, you learnt how to make a timeline of what you experienced. ...

Note 15 - Evidence type: Audio

Hello and welcome to lesson 15 of 21! In the last few lessons, you learned how to present cover letters, timelines an...

Note 16 - Evidence type: Pictures

Hello and welcome to lesson 16 of 21! In the last lesson, you learnt how to present audio files as evidence. In this ...

Note 17 - Evidence type: Video

Hello and welcome to lesson 17 of 21! In the last lesson, you learnt how to present pictures as evidence. In this les...

Note 18 - Evidence type: Reports from agencies

Hello and welcome to lesson 18 of 21! In the last lesson, you learnt how to present videos as evidence. In this lesso...

Note 19 - Evidence type: Journal/diary entries

Hello and welcome to lesson 19 of 21! In the last lesson, you learnt how reports from agencies can strengthen your do...

Note 20 - A very quick online privacy check part 1

Hello and welcome to lesson 20 of 21! In the last lesson, you learnt how maintaining a journal/diary can help tell yo...

Note 21 - A very quick online privacy check part 2

Hello! Hope you are well. You’ve reached the last lesson of this course. Congratulations! In the last lesson, we talk...