If a friend or family member was accused of domestic violence and they said the accusation was false, would you believe them? Most of us would like to think that we would, but the majority of people tend to side with the accuser.
Every year in the United States many false domestic abuse accusations are made by spouses, partners, friends and even family members – and the results can be devastating. False accusations of domestic violence can lead to:
Worst of all, being accused of domestic violence can have an irreparable damaging effect on your reputation and can have a negative impact on nearly every facet of your life.
Any of the following crimes may constitute as domestic violence:
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Battery and domestic violence (willful and unlawful use of violence or force upon another person)
Willful infliction of bodily injury (willful infliction of bodily injury which results in a traumatic condition against a spouse or former spouse, a cohabitant or former co-habitant, or the co-parent of the person's child)
It is important that you act quickly in order to mitigate as much as possible the damage that can result from a false domestic violence accusation.
Those who are falsely accused of domestic violence may suddenly find that the friends and family members they once trusted and relied upon start to turn against them or exclude the accused from their lives. This will only make the wrongfully accused feel more isolated and alone.
It is important that you keep those who you trust informed of the accusers troublesome and erratic behaviors. Share your fears of what they may do and retain evidence whenever possible (such as phone calls, text messages and emails). This may help prepare those you love for the pending allegations and will make them feel more inclined to believe your version of events.
In some instances the individual who has falsely accused another of domestic violence may take other actions to further add to the suffering which the accused is going through. They may steal your birth certificate, your driver's license, a car title, or your money. This will force you to spend more time trying to regain your property rather than take care of what needs to be done to protect your reputation and ensure your freedom.
If you share a home with the accuser, remove your valuables and yourself from the home and never return to the property without a trusted witness. If the accuser has access to your home or vehicle, change the locks. Finally, change all of your login information even if you do not believe the accuser knows the password to your: