It’s very very difficult to get somebody sectioned these days. My close relative stabbed him self in the face, tried to jump off a bridge, walked down the middle of a busy road trying to get himself knocked over and he BEGGED multiple times for the psychiatric ward to admit him and they wouldn’t. I had to sit with him in front of his doctor and beg on his behalf, it wasn’t until I started saying is this now the cheapest solution to dealing with MH issues - suicide - that he got on the phone and we finally got him admitted. If CF was trying to mask or play down her MH issues it would have been easy for her to evade the help she clearly needed.Firstly to be sectioned you have to be very very unwell (though she sounds like she was) and you need to have understanding of the system as it sounds like perhaps she was fooling people into thinking she was fine. When you’ve seen it once I think it’s easy to say to professionals that what they are seeing is an act but it may have been everyone’s first time with someone who needs urgent mental health treatment. Regarding the charges, I have worked in criminal law and to be fit for interview simply means you need to be of sound mind to understand the questions, the nature of the crime you’ve been arrested for and be able to answer questions. Again if you know the system as soon as you call 999 and say you’ve been assaulted in a domestic incident the power is taken out of you’re hands. I have had partners begging officers to ‘drop the charges’ but it is indeed in the public interest to pursue it because if they didn’t and she had killed him massive questions would be raised. As soon as he said she’d assaulted him in a call that’s all the evidence they need for a conviction, that and bodycam footage. Lots of abusers have serious mental health issues, maybe this was a one off but could the police chance it when it’s their job to protect people have been heavily criticised in the past?? She should have been sectioned as soon as they saw the self harm injuries but the system is on its knees and unless you know how to work it they’ll treat you at home.