Domestic Abuse – Protective And Restraining Orders

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:

  • A protective order being issued against you
  • The loss of one’s parental rights
  • The loss of employment
  • Costly fines
  • Lengthy classes
  • Time in jail or prison

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.

What Constitutes Domestic Violence?

Any of the following crimes may constitute as domestic violence:

  • Battery
  • Assault
  • Stalking
  • Criminal harassment

In California, domestic violence may fall under one of the following broad categories:

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)

What to Do When Falsely Accused

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.

Share Your Worries with Family Members

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.