My husband (now ex husband) was arrested for domestic assault after pushing me so hard my head hit and broke a table. I didn't press charges at the time because I was afraid of him and under duress from his constant threats, emotional, verbal, and psychological abuse. Years later I was diagnosed with severe and complex PTSD. I've been in treatment and now finally have a voice. Can I press charges now even though it happened 6 years ago?

  • Sorry to here about your difficulties. Glad you got out. I don't see what this has to do with "extortion". I think you should remove the tag. – Martin Bonner supports Monica Jul 4 '19 at 13:04
  • Deadlines for filing vary greatly between countries and states. Some have no statute of limitations at all, while many would have a statute of limitations of less than six years for this offense. Duress or fear of a victim are irrelevant to criminal statutes of limitations, and unlikely to receive much consideration even in a contemplated action for civil damages. In practice, it is unlikely that a prosecutor would be willing to prosecute such a stale case, even if the statute of limitations has not run in the relevant jurisdiction. – ohwilleke Jul 4 '19 at 15:10

You can make a complaint to the police: they will decide if they want to investigate the matter.

Depending on which country/state you are in there may be a statute of limitations that means they cannot take action. Notwithstanding, unless there were witnesses apart from him and you this would be an extremely difficult case to get a conviction as there is unlikely to be any physical evidence or contemporaneous records - for this reason, the police may choose not to investigate.

  • If the attacker was arrested, there will probably be records of that (but not necessarily medical records etc) - but I agree that a conviction may be difficult. – Martin Bonner supports Monica Jul 4 '19 at 13:05

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