Survivors of abuse and violence in a domestic situation are often accused of making false accusations. Unfortunately, domestic violence is a reality and a massive problem nationwide, including in Connecticut. It is a topic that is often swept under the rug, but recent accusations against a celebrity made headlines that sparked many comments. Several days after filing for divorce from Johnny Depp, Amber Heard filed a motion for a restraining order against her soon-to-be ex-husband, alleging ongoing domestic violence.
Many of the actor’s fans responded with nasty tweets, accusing Heard of lying, seeking attention and doing it for money. Sadly, such comments may discourage any victim of such abuse from reporting it and getting protection. At this stage, the statements are only allegations of domestic violence, and Johnny Depp has not had the opportunity to tell his side of the story in family court.
Many victims of domestic violence endure the abuse for years before plucking up the courage to report it. In most cases they are held back by the fear of being accused of lying. It would be wrong to ignore the fact that some such allegations have been false, and for that reason, the court will consider all the evidence before making any decisions. In this case, a temporary restraining order was issued to protect Heard until further proceedings take place.
Individuals in Connecticut who are caught in relationships in which domestic violence occur may find comfort in knowing that help from an experienced family law attorney is available. A lawyer can provide support in obtaining restraining orders and pursuing divorce. Once the client is safe, the attorney can guide the client through any divorce proceedings that may follow.
Source: romper.com, “Why Calling Amber Heard A Liar In The Face Of Domestic Abuse Allegations Is Not OK”, Kenza Moller, June 9, 2016