Domestic violence is a heinous crime that harms thousands of American families each and every day, both male and female. This makes it even worse when somebody falsely accuses another person of this crime.
In addition to false allegations of domestic violence making it more difficult for actual victims to come forward, they can potentially ruin the lives of those accused. According to Findlaw, if you have been falsely accused of domestic violence, it is important to stay calm and not react with anger.
How can keeping a calm head help?
Reacting with anger to a domestic violence accusation will only make you look worse. Even in the event that you are truly innocent and simply reacting with anger out of shock, other people will interpret this differently. You do not want an explosion on your part regarding a false allegation to become “evidence” of misconduct.
The most important thing to do is stay calm and contact your family and friends about the accusations. You want your nearest and dearest to hear this news from you, and not your accuser. It is likely that your accuser will try to turn your family against you (and even if not you may have family members who do it of their own volition), and you want to prevent this.
What else can I do?
It is important to change all of your login information for any social media accounts you may have or messaging apps. It is possible that your accuser will try to break into these accounts to send threatening messages in order to bolster their claims. You may also wish to change the passwords to your banking information and potentially consider a credit freeze depending on the situation.