FALSE GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE REPORTS LAWYER
Gender-based violence is a serious issue in our society; any and all efforts to put an end to it are necessary. However, one terrible situation can’t overlap another one: some women make false gender-based violence reports to get better treatment in divorce cases and to gain custody of the children.
Denying the fact that there are thousands of false reports every year is turning a blind eye to an existing problem which can hardly be solved if society continues to negate its existence. It is hard to overcome the social stigma after a false report, even if the accused person is finally acquitted.
Of course, false reports are filed every day, but the consequences of a false gender-based violence report are especially severe: without further proof, the police can arrest a man, who will normally spend the night in jail. The next day, a speedy trial takes place where civil measures can be ordered by the judge, such as the man having to leave the family house immediately, or losing custody of his children.
WHAT TO DO IF…
Once a report has been filed, the first thing to do is concentrate on the criminal defence, together with any civil interests which may be present, such as the custody of the children or the use of the marital home.
So, the most important issue is avoiding said report. If you notice your wife acting strangely around the house, if you suspect she might be recording conversations you’re having or have a feeling that certain difficult topics which she never spoke about before are coming up very often, she might be preparing to file a false gender-based violence report.
Cases vary greatly, but if you notice something strange about how your wife is behaving it is important to immediately contact a lawyer than can help you prepare for a possibly serious situation.
EXAMPLES OF FALSE GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE REPORTS
The other day my wife and I got into a heated argument at home, she called the police and they arrested me. Afterwards I found out that she had reported me for harassment, but I never threatened or intimidated her. In the speedy trial I was given a restraining order, and now I can’t go home.
Last week my ex-wife showed up at my house with a bruise on her arm. She said that if I didn’t get back together with her she would report me, saying I had done it. I thought she wasn’t being serious, but two hours later the police showed up at my door and arrested me. In the speedy trial, they revoked my shared custody.
My girlfriend is very jealous, and last week when she saw me talking to a female friend she said that I would regret it. The next day, the police showed up at my work place and arrested me. She had accused me of beating her and they granted her a restraining order as a precautionary measure.
My wife and I are getting a divorce. I fought back on her getting sole custody because I want shared custody, so she accused me of psychologically abusing her during our marriage.