But is the Seminole County woman's choice so irrational? We don't know why she chose not to participate in prosecution, but there are numerous reasons to make that choice. She might have feared that her partner would be mistreated in the criminal justice system, a reasonable fear given the almost daily reports of abuses committed by police and corrections officials. She might have needed her partner's economic support. She might have wanted him to co-parent their child. She might have been dependent upon him for housing; in fact, during the hearing, she told the judge that she was currently homeless, living with her parents. Clearly, given the explanation quoted earlier, she was experiencing tremendous anxiety about testifying. That anxiety is warranted; as psychologist Judith Herman has noted, there is no better vehicle for re-traumatizing victims of violence than participating in the adversarial justice system.