A strong chance remains that the men falsely accused of domestic violence by their female partners are actually the victims themselves. Such are the findings from research at George Mason University in Virginia.
According to studies led by the college’s social work department, threats of making false accusations are not uncommon by women when they perpetrate violence against men. An estimated 73% of men who were victims of violence from women reported that their partner threatened to make false claims against them.
Manipulation and control
False accusations represent another type of domestic violence. Such an action allows abusers to continue to manipulate and control their partners.
The George Mason University research also revealed that of the men who were victims of domestic violence from women, 56% of them stated that their spouse or partner actually did make false accusations of being sexually or physically abused by the man.
Finally, the university’s research disclosed that women are more likely to make false domestic violence accusations than men. Why? Because of the misconception that domestic violence is something that only men perpetrate against women, and not the other way around.
Secure supporting evidence
If you are wrongly accused of domestic violence, here is what you need to do:
- Find a skilled attorney: Granted, it will be challenging to prove your innocence, but an accomplished and empathetic attorney will provide guidance and insight. The attorney may find expert witnesses such as medical professionals who may provide evidence that counter your estranged spouse’s claims.
- Secure evidence that supports your innocence: Damage control is essential in refuting these charges. Maybe this was not the first time your spouse accused you of domestic violence. A judge may recognize the pattern and view your spouse as an unstable, untruthful and vindictive person.
- Avoid any contact with your estranged spouse: You do not want to give your spouse further chances to fabricate incidents.
Overcoming this situation promises to be challenging. But remember, you must advocate for yourself.
Have a skilled legal advocate
False accusations may lead to a victim experiencing depression, post-traumatic stress syndrome and affect physical health. Other consequences may include losing custody of your children and losing your job. You have much to lose, so fight these false charges with an experienced legal ally in your corner.