America’s legal system has become awash in false allegations of abuse, including false accusations of domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault. False allegations are harmful because they:

  1. Take away scarce protections and services from real victims
  2. Can be devastating to the falsely accused
  3. Undermine due process and cause misuse of our legal system
  4. Force children into single-parent households, placing them at higher risk of social pathologies


Let’s be perfectly clear: Making a false accusation of domestic violence is a crime, and persons who make such allegations should be held liable for their actions.

June is False Allegations Awareness Month, and this year’s theme is “Zero Tolerance for False Allegations.” Throughout the month, events will be held around the country to raise awareness that making a false allegation of abuse is a form of abuse.

False Allegations Summit, June 2, Washington DC

SAVE kicked off the Month with the False Allegations Summit, held at the Fairfax Hotel on Embassy Row in Washington, DC. The Summit featured release of the results of the first national survey of false allegations (see Section D. below), statements by stakeholder organizations, and victim testimonies.

Media Coverage:


Victim statement video:

The False Arrest, Prosecution, and Suicide of Thomas Ball

Other Media Coverage

Other Resources