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Defending yourself: Domestic abuse allegations

You admit that you had a fight with your spouse, but you don't believe it constituted as domestic violence. To start with, it was your spouse who attacked you. You defended yourself and attempted to leave. When you couldn't, it turned into a physical altercation.

Yes, you took part in it, but does that mean you should face domestic violence charges? Shouldn't your spouse face those charges as well?

Domestic violence allegations aren't always as they seem.

Two wrongs don't make a right, but defending yourself against someone who is attacking you might be your only option. As such, you're truly the victim in this situation. If you're accused of starting the violent altercation despite being the one who tried to end it, you can defend yourself by claiming self-defense.

It's completely possible for someone to accuse another person of domestic violence even though he or she was the one who abused that person. When the police come to the scene, they have to make an arrest, but it's up to you to make sure you fight back quickly and show them who is really the instigator.

You do deserve to defend yourself

It is not fair for people to assume that you're to blame for a situation without hearing all the facts. While self-defense is one option for defense, another is showing that you weren't at home when the attack allegedly happened. While it seems unlikely, some people will go out of their way to injure themselves and accuse another person of harming them. An alibi can help you clear your name if that happens. Additionally, forensic teams and medical providers may be able to show if you could have caused the injuries presented by the other party.

Domestic violence is a serious charge that has the potential to change your life. Defend yourself as soon as you can to protect your reputation.

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