The thoughts of most people hearing about a domestic abuse incident almost certainly focus first upon the alleged victim/accuser. Violence is always a frightful matter, especially when it is family-based, and the details surrounding abuse inflicted upon a seemingly vulnerable domestic partner or other family member can easily overwhelm everything else.
It is just as true in many family abuse cases that, when thoughts turn to a suspected perpetrator, quick conclusions often surface. Certain alleged criminal wrongdoing brings with it an attached anathema and pronounced social stigma. A sex crime allegation – especially against a child – is one example. Domestic violence is another. The public can be quick to judge.
And when conclusions are wrong, innocent individuals can suffer. That is why many persons accused of family violence have a quick and dire need for proven legal counsel to aggressively represent them.
Victims command that right, and obviously need to exercise it to protect themselves – and sometimes loved ones, as well – from a violent offender. An alleged wrongdoer, though, must also have a tandem ability so secure experienced counsel to ensure that the truth of a matter emerges and that justice is done.
Here’s one unpleasant fact about domestic violence, which some victims’ advocates dislike hearing or acknowledging: Some alleged sufferers are actually not victims at all. The truth emerging in some matters reveals that a claim of violence was falsely brought or overly hyped to secure advantage in a family law matter, such as a divorce or child custody dispute.
That happens, with some regularity in both New Jersey and across the United States. Those on the receiving end of a fabricated or exaggerated claim can be materially hurt, or even destroyed, if lies prevail in a case involving a violence allegation or request for a restraining order.
The Somerville Law Office of Rajeh A. Saadeh has a deep well of experience advocating forcefully and effectively on behalf of both domestic violence victims and individuals defending against abuse charges. We welcome contacts to the firm and the opportunity to candidly and confidentially address specific questions and concerns.