There are many different situations that can result in a domestic violence charge, and it's not fair to assume the accused is at fault in every case. These situations are often complicated. One person might have lashed out fearing for his or her life, or another might have struck first hoping to put an end to a potentially dangerous situation before it got out of hand.
If you're being accused of domestic violence, it's important that you get the chance to be heard without bias. Allegations of domestic violence are taken very seriously in the U.S. court system, so a strong defense is necessary.
What kinds of defenses are there?
One kind is consent. How could someone consent to abuse? There are individuals involved in very specific kinds of relationships that may consent to particularly violent or perceived abusive acts. If someone has consented to an act of violence, then there is no reason that you should face a charge unless you failed to stop said act on request.
Self-defense is another good defense. Individuals who are scared for their lives or the lives of their children might lash out to protect themselves. You'll need to show that you perceived an imminent threat and weren't the initial aggressor to use this defense.
Finally, if no domestic abuse took place, then you can claim that these are false allegations being made against you. Some people make false allegations out of spite, and if you can prove it, you have a solid defense and potential case against your partner. Our website has more on what you can do to protect yourself.