False Accusations of Domestic Violence

Relationships can be great when both parties are taking on life together and are willing to sacrifice for one another, however, not every relationship looks like that. Unfortunately, some people see a relationship as a way to manipulate others into getting what they want from life. Sometimes, this manipulation comes from verbal abuse and degradation, but other times it stems from false accusations of domestic violence.

What Are False Accusations of Domestic Violence?

A false accusation of domestic violence is when someone makes up a story about being the victim of physical abuse from his or her significant other.

What is domestic violence?

  • Assault (or threat of assault), battery, sexual assault, stalking, kidnapping, or any criminal offense resulting in the injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member.
  • Family or household members who can commit domestic violence are spouses, former spouses, persons related by blood, couples who live together as a family or have lived together as a family, parents of a child regardless of marital status.

It’s crucial to note that a couple who do not live together and have never been married cannot commit domestic violence against each other (they will probably be charged with assault or battery instead).

Therefore, domestic violence stems from specific scenarios, which makes accusations of domestic violence extremely personal.

What Fuels False Allegations

A 2017 report by the US National Institutes of Health found people who file false allegations are typically motivated by emotional gain. Most accusers use false allegations to cover up their own immoral behavior like adultery and skipping school. This study suggests false accusers are running away from the emotional issues they face in their own lives by blaming loved ones for things they never did.

Accused of Domestic Violence?

No one should ever have to face jail time for crimes he or she didn’t commit! Have you or a loved one have been accused of domestic violence? Hager & Schwartz, P.A. can help.

Call (386) 693-1637 now for a free consultation for your case!