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Why do people make false domestic violence allegations?

On Behalf of | Jun 20, 2022 | Uncategorized |

If you’ve been accused of domestic violence and you know that you didn’t do anything wrong, you’re probably fairly frustrated and confused. You know that you had a disagreement with the other individual, perhaps an intimate partner or even a spouse. But you would never do anything to harm them.

What you can’t understand is why they would accuse you of something like this. Why would they make up these allegations?

Custody and divorce connections

Of course, every case is unique, so your situation may not have anything to do with custody or divorce. If it does, though, this is one area where experts have found that false allegations are more common.

The basic reason for this is simply that the person making those allegations thinks that it will help them get more custody time. They know that modern courts are more likely to give out shared custody unless they think the child is in some sort of danger. If they can accuse you of abuse, then they establish that the child would be in danger living with you, and they may get sole custody instead.

That certainly doesn’t happen in every case. It’s important for courts to find actual cases of domestic violence when considering custody options. But experts call these false allegations an under-reported or under-recognized problem. If you look at the statistics, you can see that it’s a major issue, but the average person generally just assumes the accusations are true.

This is problematic on a lot of levels. For one thing, it helps to impact public opinion on real cases. It also may mean that someone who did nothing wrong doesn’t get to spend time with their child. This can be detrimental both for the child and for the individual. And, of course, there’s a chance that you could have to serve time or see other ramifications if you’re convicted of domestic violence.

What are your options?

It can be fairly frightening to find yourself in this situation. You don’t want your whole life to change just because your ex is saying you did something that you never did. Make sure you are well aware of all of your criminal defense options at a time like this.

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