Even in the best of scenarios, a divorce is often marred by heated emotions and feelings of rejection. It is not uncommon, even if both parties claim to be in agreement over the decision, that hurt feelings can dramatically impact the course of a divorce or separation. In the most severe situations, one party will begin flailing, using every perceived advantage possible to ensure a beneficial outcome. Too often, men become trapped in a web of false allegations of domestic abuse.
Historically, both the legal system and the court of public opinion have favored women in situations like this. A desire to not only punish those responsible for criminal acts as well as encourage others to speak up to hold an abuser accountable for his actions can be the root cause of these snap judgments. Unfortunately, more and more studies have shown that false allegations of domestic abuse are far more common than anyone realized.
A man, even falsely accused, might face severe consequences if found guilty. From the loss of access to their children, to the loss of a job, to being listed on the National Sex Offender Registry. A proper defence, in these scenarios, can be critical. Many of these incidents are said to have happened inside a private residence where no witnesses would have been privy to the outburst or physical contact. Fortunately, recent examples show the Canadian courts examining these cases in a far more impartial manner, choosing not to immediately take the complainant’s statement as the final word.
It is crucial that false allegations of domestic abuse are handled in a forceful manner. These are not accusations to be taken lightly as they can lead to devastating consequences.