Loreta Valiulienė was 25 when she complained to the authorities about suffering domestic violence at the hands of her live-in partner. She said that he had strangled her, pulled her by her hair, hit her in the face and kicked her all over her body.
Ms Valiulienė had provided specific descriptions of the incidents and the names of witnesses. Nevertheless, the prosecutor repeatedly failed to investigate properly and tried to shut the investigation down. These attempts were blocked by a judge. However, delays in the case meant that the prosecution eventually became time-barred.
Ms Valiulienė argued that the authorities’ failure to act had denied her justice and given her partner impunity to carry out more violence.