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How many domestic violence cases can actually be substantiated?

In at least 32 states, domestic violence is described as an individual being made to fear being physically harmed at another's hands. According to the national non-profit organization Stop Abusive and Violent Environments (SAVE), the numbers of individuals falsely accused of domestic violence across this country are staggering. Researchers estimate that over 700,000 Americans are wrongfully charged with domestic violence each year.

It's estimated that at least 25 percent of all divorces filed in the United States include accusations of some type of domestic violence. Judges in all but two states are required to take into consideration any and all allegations of domestic violence in rendering custody decisions.

While many domestic violence victims look to file restraining orders against their abusers in an effort to restrict their access to them, this is not the only reason they're filed. According to SAVE, of all restraining orders filed, only 50 percent cite physical abuse. It's believed that at least 70 percent of all protective orders are filed on false premises. Of all orders brought each year in the United States, 85 percent of restraining orders are filed against men.

At least 1.5 million who are successful in convincing a judge to allow them to take out a temporary restraining order are believed to have falsified their reports of domestic violence. SAVE estimates that each protection order taken out costs taxpayers at least $2,000 each. This amount covers the fees associated with both issuing and servicing the order as well as handling any adjudications involving it that may arise.

It's also estimated that taxpayers are required to spend at least $20 billion each year to cover the costs associated with providing social services to those affected by these orders. In these cases, this money goes to caring for children forced to live in single-parent households as a result of false allegations of abuse being waged against the other parent.

If you've been charged with domestic violence of have had a restraining order issued against you based on false premises, then you may benefit from the guidance a Norman, Oklahoma, criminal defense attorney can provide in your case.

Source: Stop Abusive and Violent Environments, "False Accusations of Domestic Violence, By the Numbers," accessed June 09, 2017

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