Unlike many other types of criminal charges, allegations of domestic violence often lead to or arise from false or exaggerated allegations. Years ago, the victims of domestic violence were often left with nowhere to turn. Today, the pendulum has swung the other way and the alleged victims of domestic violence often receive immediate attention, temporary housing, free legal services, financial compensation, and other services that are unavailable to other types of crime victims.
Although most allegations of domestic violence are leveled against men, the number of women arrested on these charges is increasing. In either case, these unhealthy relationships are often based on power and control. Oftentimes the primary aggressor will make a false allegation of domestic violence in order to control or punish the other party or gain advantage in a divorce or child custody proceeding.