What should I do if accused of domestic violence?

On Behalf of Longman Jakuback

There are several serious effects you may suffer if somebody accuses you of domestic violence, whether or not the accusation is true. Even in the event that your partner recants the accusation, if he or she goes to the police you may still face charges.

Additionally, if you are going through a divorce, domestic violence accusations may cause the courts to revoke your child custody. Beyond this, there are personal effects, as well. It is a must to protect yourself after domestic violence accusations arise. According to FindLaw, you must not escalate the situation, and you should speak with your family and friends about the accusations.

Hold your temper

Particularly if the domestic violence accusations are false, it is natural to get upset or even angry. However, if you react to a domestic violence accusation with rage, your accuser may use this against you in court. It may also seem like proof that the accusations are true.

Instead, stop communicating with the accuser in any form. It is best to block the accuser on social media accounts and stop texting. You may also wish to change the passwords on your accounts, in case the accuser tries to send messages from them to bolster his or her case.

Rely on friends and family

Friends and family will likely find the accusations shocking. It is important that you speak with them before they hear about the accusations through the grapevine, or your accuser tells them him or herself. You will need as much support as you can get through this process, and “nipping it in the bud” is the best course of action to take.

Domestic violence accusations are serious. Responding calmly and quickly is wise.

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