The Role of Personality Disorders in False Accusations and DV/ IPV

I’ve linked below a paper from the Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling. in which histrionic, borderline, antisocial and narcisstic personality disorders are mentioned as possible factors in the creation of false reports of sexual assault.

*The authors propose 11 pathways to false allegations of sexual assault: lying, implied consent, false memories, intoxication,* *** antisocial personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, histrionic personality disorder,*** * delirium, psychotic disorders, dissociation, and intellectual disability.*

Here’s a quote:

**Mixed Motivations: Emotional Needs and Revenge When Needs Are Not Met**

A young woman with borderline personality disorder complained to a county medical society that her psychiatrist had behaved in a sexually inappropriate manner with her. After a series of assessment interviews, she finally said that she had been angry at her psychiatrist, that he had not given her the attention she wanted, and that she made up the charges to get even. Although she candidly admitted that he had never touched her, she said that she was “sure that he wanted to.”

Here”s some other articles linking personality disorders to false accusations:

**The Threat of False Allegations in the #MeToo Era**

**Personality Characteristics of Parents Making False Accusations of Sexual abuse in Custody Disputes**

*The falsely accusing parents were much more likely than were the other two groups to have a personality disorder such as histrionic, borderline, passive-aggressive, or paranoid.*

**Borderline Personality And Abuse Cycle**

*Borderline Personality Disorder is highly associated with verbal abuse, emotional abuse, psychological abuse, physical abuse, and/or domestic violence often suffered by those who are non-borderline.*

*Some see their behavior as a means to an end and take little to no responsibility for it or any of its consequences.*

*Others project it out onto the non-borderline and* ***think that everything that has come from them was actually done to them by the non-borderline.***

**Borderline personality disorder and violence in the UK**

*BPD and traits should be evaluated in perpetrators of IPV.*

**Female Domestic Violence Offenders **

*More recently, Simmons et al. compared court-referred male and female offenders and found women were more likely than men to demonstrate MCMI-III profiles indicative of personality disorders. More specifically, they found that 71% of the females as compared to 26% of the males showed clinically significant elevations on at least one of the subscales measuring personality psychopathology. As compared to men, these women scored higher on the Histrionic, Narcissistic, and Compulsive subscales, and scored lower on the Dependent subscale.*

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….Anyway, that’s a bit of research to ponder. And it’s why you might see me often banging on about personality disorders and why it’s such a great idea to research the symptoms and learn the red flag behaviours of these disorders so you can help keep yourself safe and allegation-free.

**NOT ALL women with personality disorders are violent or prone to making false accusations. NOT ALL false accusations or acts of DV/IPV are linked to these disorders.**

But some are , and my opinion, based on a lot of the abuse and allegation stories I read online is that there’s an awful lot of people with undiagnosed, untreated personality disorders out there.

There’s a huge amount of videos on youtube which describe ways to identify personality disordered behaviour, I highly recommend doing a search and watching some.

The Role of Personality Disorders in False Accusations and DV/ IPV