It’s Your Money…

False Abuse Accusations Cost Taxpayers Billions

July 14, 2008
Contact: Mark Rosenthal, 781-956-1034,

WASHINGTON – Divorce lawyers acknowledge persons often make allegations of abuse in order to gain a legal edge. A report released today shows such claims are widespread, harmful to the children involved in such cases, devastating to persons falsely accused, and costly to the American taxpayer.

The report, “False Allegations of Domestic Violence Cost Taxpayers $20 Billion a Year,” compiles government statistics and research studies to reach three conclusions:

Each year our nation spends $4 billion for domestic violence programs.
Each year about 175,000 children are involved in a divorce with a false allegation of domestic violence.
These claims contribute to $20 billion in public costs and taxpayer burden associated with single-parent families.



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