The circumstances remain bewildering. Your spouse accuses you of domestic violence, but she has been the instigator of such incidents throughout your years of marriage. You know that you are the victim and that your spouse is gaslighting you. But you must convince the authorities or else you may face jail.
An academic study from last year, though, supports you. The research study by George Mason University found that men who are falsely accused of domestic violence by female partners tend to be the actual victims.
Falsely accused are often the victims themselves
Researchers at the Virginia college’s social work department found that it is not uncommon for women to threaten to make such false accusations when they are the ones who initiated the violence against men. The telling statistic: 73% of the men who were victims of violence from women cited that their spouse of partner warned that they would do just that.
The study also noted that 56% of male domestic violence victims disclosed that their spouse actually did falsely accuse them of committing physical of sexual abuse against them.
Another key finding was that women seem to think they can get away with making false domestic violence accusations against men because public perception is on their side. Generally, many people assume that only men commit domestic violence against women.
Find supporting evidence
Please take these important steps if your spouse or partner accuses you of domestic violence:
- Retain an experienced attorney: You need an advocate who will prove your innocence. In collecting evidence, your attorney will persist in finding medical professionals and expert witnesses who will refute your spouse’s accusations.
- Find supporting evidence: Maybe your spouse has made it a pattern to accuse you of domestic violence. Police reports and court records will corroborate this. A judge may clearly see that your spouse is untruthful, malicious and volatile.
- Avoid your estranged spouse or partner: No contact whatsoever. Doing so just may provide your spouse with additional opportunities to invent new allegations against you.
You must fight such allegations, which can tarnish your personal and professional reputations, lead to depression and prevent you from seeing your children.
Get a strong legal ally
False accusations prove to be another example of domestic violence. Hold on to your dignity and do not allow your abuser to continue to control and manipulate you. A staunch legal advocate will guide you.