Whether you are trying to prove a case of domestic violence or defend yourself against accusations, you will need evidence to back up your claims.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides some suggestions on what evidence to collect that could be useful when you go to court for your domestic violence case. While the advice generally applies to the person trying to prove domestic violence occurred, it can also be helpful to your defense.
While victims may take pictures of injuries, you can use photos to show a lack of injury. If your accuser is saying you caused bodily harm, a photo may be the only way you can prove he or she had no such injury. Make sure all photos include the date.
If the accuser is communicating with you, save all of the messages. Try to avoid phone calls, which are tough to collect as evidence. However, you can keep records to show the calls you receive. Messages from the accuser that show he or she is trying to set you up or antagonize you can be helpful.
You can also get help from others who are witnesses to situations where the accuser says you were abusive. Neutral parties are the best to offer witness statements because the accuser will not be able to claim bias.
You may feel helpless when you stand accused of domestic violence, but you do not have to sit back and allow false accusations to stand. Do everything you can to gather evidence, but make sure you do not overstep court orders as you do so.