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What should I do if falsely accused of domestic violence?

On Behalf of | Aug 6, 2020 | Domestic Violence |

Domestic violence is a heinous crime that ravages communities without bias. Therefore, it is very common for society to view any hint of domestic violence as negative and condemn the perpetrator.

It is very possible for false domestic violence accusations to ruin your life if left unchecked. Even if the courts find you “not guilty,” the damage to your reputation may be immense. However, there are some actions you can take to protect yourself. According to FindLaw, it is vital that you do not do or say anything that an accuser could use against you in court.

What should I not do?

If you hear false accusations of domestic violence, it is natural to react with strong emotion. However, openly reacting to the accusations with anger is not going to do you any favors. It is important to stay calm and professional throughout the whole process.

Instead of reacting to the accusations, make sure that you get in contact with your friends and family. You want your loved ones to hear the situation coming from you, not from the gossip mill. Since domestic violence is such a heinous crime, it is possible that your friends and family may pull away from you if they think you are guilty.

What else can I do to protect myself?

Make sure that you change all of the usernames and passwords you have associated with media accounts. If your accuser has that information, he or she may decide to create a fake “paper trail” of threatening messages from you. Changing your passwords will prevent this.