Stop False Allegations of Domestic Violence

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We, the undersigned, are writing in hopes of bringing to your attention a dire misjustice that is occuring in our state as well as many others across the US. Laws inacted to protect the victims of the vile crime of domestic violence are being misused by both citizens as well as law enforcement, and in this process innocent men's lives are being destroyed. In most states, the burden of proof is being thrown out and the simple word of the acuser is being taken without question, many times without the accused even being allowed to speak. True victims of domestic violence, some of whose names you will find below, find this to be deplorable. Not only can a woman falsely accuse a man of domestic violence without fear of consequence, but the accused man has no voice against her. The accuser can be a mentally disturbed individual using such laws to exact her revenge against a man who simply does not want to be in a relationship anymore, and her word is automatically taken, even when no evidence is in place. The man in such cases is automatically arrested, injunctions are automatically set in place, and even if he is able to prove his innocence in court he has lost months of his life due to the fact that she cried wolf. Worse yet are the cases of these innocent men who are poor and have no means to hire private attorneys. Their public defenders assume they are guilty and therefore do only the bare necessities to be their legal voice.We are not in any way asking for a revocation of the laws that protect true victims of domestic violence. Our wish is that these laws be revisited and indications made to to allow for criminal and civil prosecution when someone, whether male or female, has misused these laws in a vindictive and cunning way. We also would ask that law enforcement officers, public attorneys, and judges be forced to recognize the precept that the accused is innocent until proven guilty. Unfortunately, in the cases of domestic violence accusations, the opposite is true. An example of this is that of a 20 year old Florida resident who made the bond that was set for him, only to be picked up the very next day without provocation. The acuser in this case simply told the court she was afraid. He had done nothing in terms of trying to contact her or see her, and was not without several witnesses the few short hours he was free. Something must be done to prevent those who would lie about being a victim of domestic violence from continuing to do so. If it is not, our prisons will be overrun with innocent men and our streets will be controlled by the women who sent them there.

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Im a strong supporter of victimsbof domestic violence, but someone I know and love had bogus allegations made against him out of revenge and it destroyed his life-homeless, lost employment, lost children's.
My coward of an ex-husband (allegedly) gave me years of abuse, to include bruises, broken bones, financial ruin, custody battles and when I was finally brave enough to speak up about this, he managed to twist the story around and make himself the victim. This victimized me twice; first to endure his abuse, then again as I watch those who would help me turn against me. This is not a man/woman issue, but a cowardly choice abusers make.

If a fire alarm is pulled falsely, does the fire department stop responding? No. And if you falsely pull a fire alarm there is consequences. Everyone knows that.

If you report a child or a spouse being abused, they tell you there have been so many false reports made that they will not respond anymore until something 'really bad' happens. There should be strong consequences for those who file false reports! And all reports should be investigated regardless.

My life is a silent prison and everyone involved says there is nothing they can do about it. This cannot continue.
yes my ex is using this towards me and I know that I am NOT that person that she claims
Conspiracy? Plotted? My x moved in the new boyfriend and slept with him in front of me. One night they both crawled in bed with me. They called the police on me 2 or 3 times per day and filed 30 reports of allegations. Cameras came into the house, things began to be stolen and i was accused of what he was removing. I was moving belongings from a 6000 sq foot home after 17 years and needed a place for my 3 dogs. My x finally got me arrested on a lie. He took my dogs, piano, everything. I was found 'not guilty' and his testimony was impeached for inconsistent statements and the new boyfriend was impeached as a witness for following the lies. The same video he had me arrested on also set me free because it revealed him tormenting me and locking up my possessions deliberately. I am a survivor of false allegations of domestic violence, tormented for months, but it destroyed my life. He was awarded by taking all my things and hurting me through keeping my dogs and lost my job over the arrest. It is so clear of a set up and the judge and attorney caught him easy in the lie. He is also a pathological liar since childhood and severe dyslexia through high school. Because he got away with lying his whole life and was never punished, he knew he could also get away with false allegations. But he would not succeed in he court room. My attorney busted him 3 times for lying. It was as if my X on the stand was inventing stories and mixing different stories, like a child and he smiled while doing it. I stayed with someone for 17 years and never really knew who he was until I saw his sick head lie on the witness stand.
I also had police tell me they were not on his side and I think eventually the whole department began to realize. After all, he called the police on me at 2 am, accusing me, when I was fast to sleep!!!
Please pray for me. I am one of those people that is facing this charge. Logan county Colorado M3 harassment.
I attended an event October 14, 2014 at Touro Law School where Kathleen Rice, Touro Alumna and Nassau County District Attorney, was the guest speaker on the topic of Domestic Violence. I asked her if the prosecutors office has brought charges against anyone that has falsely claimed domestic violence especially in cases of divorce and custody battles. Although she seemed somewhat surprised by the question she answered honestly saying that her office is aware of the problem but has not acted on it. The pattern of mostly women claiming domestic violence just to improve their position in custody and child support will sadly continue until these cases are taken seriously and prosecuted. I ask you, is this equality?
I attended an event last night at Touro Law School where Kathleen Rice, Touro Alumna and Nassau County District Attorney, was the guest speaker on the topic of Domestic Violence. I asked her if the prosecutors office has brought charges against anyone that has falsely claimed domestic violence especially in cases of divorce and custody battles. Although she seemed somewhat surprised by the question she answered honestly saying that her office is aware of the problem but has not acted on it. The pattern of mostly women claiming domestic violence just to improve their position in custody and child support will sadly continue until these cases are taken seriously and prosecuted. I ask you, is this equality?
This system was used by my then-pregnant girlfriend to kidnap my unborn son from me. He is now 11 months old and I have yet to see him. There needs to be recourse for the true victims, those who are subject to these manipulators and liars.
False allegations not only do damage to the one accused, but also to the accused's family and friends. I don't believe the men and women who make these false allegations realize, or care about, the impact they have on those surrounding the accused. Often times the false allegations come about when someone feels betrayed or hurt and they want to get back at that person. It's that kind of selfish thinking that ruins people's lives.

Not only does this negatively impact the accused and their family, but also those with real, genuine abuse claims. I have noticed that I am now more skeptical of abuse claims where I used to be very sympathetic. People who falsely accuse others of this kind of abuse are belittling and trivializing those who are actually being abused.

As someone who has been abused and also close with someone that has been falsely accused, I understand the grey area and very fine line that needs to be walked by law enforcement in these situations. However, I agree that something needs to be done to help those who are falsely accused. I hope good things come out of this petition and more light is shed on situations where someone is falsely accused.

Thank you for doing your part to support the men and women who are seemingly helpless to defend themselves when falsely accused of these crimes.
I have been in contact with Senator John Edwards of Roanoke, Virginia for several YEARS about this issue! He agrees that there is a problem with false accusations, specifically with Protective Orders and Restraining Orders, but he still REFUSES to do anything about it!! He can be reached at (540) 985-8690

People MUST call their STATE LEGISLATORS about this! Get RID of Protective and Restraining Orders!!!! They are done with NO TRIAL, NO DUE PROCESS, and very little, if ANY evidence!! It's SYSTEMIC and WIDESPREAD!! It is ALL coming from VAWA (The violence against women act) which is Federal, but the STATE LEGISLATORS are the ones who can change it!!!

If you're in Virginia... Contact:
Senator John Edwards.... (540) 985-8690
Tell him to END Protective Orders!! There is NO due process with a Protective Order!! NONE!
For the past six years, my wife and I have been abused by our neighbors who obtained restraining orders against us with assistance from the police and city attorney. Essentially, we challenged the government about some issues in our neighborhood. The neighbors and the government didn't like their ILLEGAL actions being questioned. They had their feelings hurt. We live in Seattle. Nobody has ever been physically harmed. WE have been emotionally and financially damaged.

The police and city government coached neighbors to get court orders and continue to help them harass us by abusing the orders. We filed an abuse of process suit. The court dismissed it based on anti-SLAPP and we had to pay over $100,000 in attorney's fees and sanctions. Essentially, the court said anyone can abuse the legal system and lie as long as the system is in on it. Again, we were punished for challenging the government. We had attorneys for our cases. Obviously, their efforts could not stop the abusive orders.

The courts don't care! At one renewal hearing, the judge said 'I only have 15 minutes. We have a busy docket today.' Our incompetent, expensive attorney didn't care and told the judge 'we don't care if it's renewed.' That definitely wasn't how we felt. But, we were prohibited from speaking; only the lawyers and judges can talk to each other in court! At another hearing the judge said 'I'm not even supposed to be here today.'

Judges and the legislature have all the power to stop this abuse and they don't. Lives are ruined financially and emotionally. Taxpayers' money is wasted. And it's almost impossible to get rid of judges who don't care or don't want to do their jobs. This is shameful and disgusting in our country. It's up to the legislature to stop this now!!