Domestic violence is a serious problem that affects countless families in Indiana and elsewhere. However, at the law office of Robert Schembs, we know that not all who are accused of domestic violence are abusive. In fact, some people make false accusations against innocent spouses. As you might expect, this can be devastating to the person being accused, and it also undermines and minimizes cases of real abuse.
Why would someone make a false accusation of abuse, you might wonder? According to Verywell Mind, there are many reasons. The following are common motives for making a false domestic violence claim:
- A spouse is angry and wants to get revenge on the other one after an argument or slight.
- The accusing spouse is hoping to gain full custody of the children and restrict the parenting rights of the other one.
- One spouse misinterprets the other one’s yelling or touching during an argument and thinks it is domestic violence.
The repercussions of a false domestic violence charge are almost too upsetting to think about. You could be locked out of your own home due to a protective order against you; you may lose custody or visitation rights with your kids; you might even face criminal charges. As our page on fathers’ rights explains, many dads get the short end of the stick when child custody is concerned, and law enforcement often believes the person who is claiming to be a victim – even when the “victim” is making it up. Therefore, experienced legal counsel is often necessary to defend your rights.