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Motivations behind false domestic violence claims 

Posted on May 18, 2022

There are far more genuine claims of domestic violence than false claims. Nonetheless, false claims of domestic violence are still frequent enough to warrant further consideration. 

What motivates individuals to make up such serious allegations? What are your options if you find yourself wrongfully accused? 

Divorce and separation 

Sometimes, marriages and other romantic relationships can come to an abrupt and bitter end. Your ex may have been angry about the way in which the relationship concluded. They might not want you to move on with your life without suffering further. Revenge is commonly the root source of false accusations of domestic abuse. After all, what better way to punish you than to have you dragged through the criminal courts? 

It’s possible that an ex is also fearful of the child custody rights the family court is set to give you. They could be worried that you are going to be granted sole custody, and take their children away from them. The family court bases its decisions around custody on the best interests of the child. An accusation of domestic abuse is a serious matter and the family courts will take it into consideration. If you are deemed to be a potential threat to the welfare of your children, your custody rights could be diminished. 

It’s vital to defend yourself against charges 

False accusations can be damaging to your career, reputation and personal life, as well as your emotional well-being. You are innocent until proven guilty and you should not face prosecution for a crime you did not commit. Having experienced guidance behind you will ensure that you get the best possible outcome in your case.