If someone close to you has made up false allegations of domestic violence or abuse, you can be very upset and scared about what the accusations will mean for your future. You might feel tempted to say or do things to stand up for yourself or correct perceptions.
However, before doing anything you could later regret, consider these common mistakes and what you can do to avoid them.
Mistake #1: Venting online
Taking your anger or frustration out about false assault allegations online could be a huge mistake. You might say something incriminating or come off as someone who is volatile and angry, none of which would work in your favour if you wind up facing a judge.
Assuming you are anonymous online is also a mistake, so don’t say or share something with the expectation that it won’t get shared or traced back to you.
Mistake #2: Violating court orders
If the courts have ordered you to stay away from your accuser or refrain from certain behaviours, violating the orders only makes matters worse. You may have to temporarily move out of your house, stay away from your kids or promise to be peaceful.
These requirements can be incredibly difficult, and they might seem unnecessary. However, if a court order is in place, complying with it will be essential in proving to the courts and other parties that you are safe and responsible.
Mistake #3: Assuming the claims will go away on their own
You might think that just because the heat of an exchange eventually resides, so will any false claims someone made during them. Unfortunately, this is not necessarily going to be the case.
Even if your accuser takes back what they said or doesn’t want to pursue charges, it can be too late to stop what has already started. So, don’t assume your personal and legal woes are over without talking to a lawyer. Taking this precaution allows you to confront allegations and defend against them.
These mistakes could ultimately make an incredibly upsetting situation worse. Thus, avoiding them can be crucial in keeping a false accusation from jeopardizing your freedom, reputation and relationships.