Responding to a Domestic Protection Order alleging child abuse

1. Strongly deny any false allegations that have been made against you and explain that you have an enduring love for your child / ren and would never wish them any harm.

2. It is difficult to prove innocence when false allegations are made but they are often illogical and irrational and therefore can be partly rebutted by pointing out what is illogical to the court.

3. It is very important to obtain supporting affidavits from friends, relatives and associates. These affidavits should contain observations of you and your child, you and other children, general character witness and specific character witness. E.g., if you have been a coach of children's sports groups, involved in camps, scouts etc. The important point the affidavits should make is that these people have observed you in these situations, seen nothing untoward and have implicit faith in your character and behaviour with children.

It will be your character and credibility that will be judged therefore get as many affidavits as you can. Those from professional people doctors, police, nurses, teachers, mothers with children and people who have observed you in structured children's activities will have greater significance.

4. Emphasize that you have a concern for the harm (parent / child alienation) that will be done to the child denying contact with them because of unproven allegations that have been made with no supporting evidence.

5. Always put the interests of the child first and consistently make this known.

See also:

False Sexual Allegations in Access & Custody Disputes

False Sexual Allegations: Criminal charges

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