If you are dealing with allegations of domestic violence, you need to understand the many different ways in which the outcome of this case could affect your life. If you cannot secure a favorable end result in court, you could face repercussions with respect to your ability to see your kids, your career, your reputation and even your freedom.
Unfortunately, some people are falsely accused of domestic violence. There are many different reasons why people accuse others of domestic violence even though no abuse took place.
Motivating factors behind false domestic violence claims
Sometimes, people falsely accuse their current partner or their ex of domestic violence in order to get revenge, such as those upset over an affair or a nasty breakup. For example, some people become upset with their partner and want to create hardships for them by falsely accusing them of abuse.
In other cases, a parent may want to gain an edge with respect to child custody. According to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, courts take domestic violence allegations into consideration when deciding how to award child custody. By accusing the other parent of abuse, some parents can secure a more favorable outcome with respect to custody and even prevent their ex from having any contact with their child.
Handling false domestic violence allegations
If you are facing domestic violence charges even though you are innocent, you need to firmly stand up for your rights. Carefully pore over the details of the case and gather any available evidence to support your defense (such as text messages and eyewitness reports). Do not lose hope or assume there is nothing you can do.