Charges for domestic violence typically cause significant disruptions in the lives of both the accuser and the accused individual. While many cases involve justified charges and legal action, others might include unfair or dishonest information.
A better understanding of the psychology behind false accusations can help individuals deal with this difficult situation.
The threat of false charges
An article in Psychology Today points to a trend of false charges in the area of domestic violence. These charges could originate from a spouse or partner consumed with anger or thoughts of getting even. They could even come from a spouse with a personality disorder or another form of mental illness.
A combination of factors could result in a false charge of domestic violence against someone. These factors often involve a build-up of stress over time:
- Intense fear of abandonment during relationship conflicts
- Unrealistic expectations that never happen
- The demonization of the partner based on false information
The result can compel a person to make unwarranted charges in the heat of the moment. These charges often come from a state of desperation.
The consequences of false accusations
Criminal charges in any field can harm a person’s reputation. Domestic violence accusations carry a particularly heavy burden for those accused. The damages can include both emotional and financial consequences.
An individual might eventually achieve success in clearing his or her name, but the process could take several months. It could also spill over into a person’s work life as well as impact personal relationships. False allegations can impact child custody orders and parenting arrangements after a divorce or separation.