Several articles on this matter, from Western Australia, FYI.
Making false allegations and lying about DV is both slander/libel and a form of abuse and violence in and of itself. Such false accusations are designed to hurt and harm a person and his reputation.
Facebook defamation: man wins lawsuit over estranged wife's domestic violence post | Technology | The Guardian
2 January 2015
Facebook defamation: man wins lawsuit over estranged wife's domestic violence post
By Calla Wahlquist
West Australian court awards a Bunbury teacher $12,500 after his former partner was found to be unable to prove domestic violence allegations
A West Australian man has successfully sued his estranged wife for defamation over a Facebook post that suggested she was the victim of domestic violence, after a Perth court found she could not prove the statement was true.
Bunbury teacher Miro Dabrowski was awarded $12,500 in damages at the West Australian district court in December by Justice Michael Bowden.
The offending post, which was posted on his estranged wife Robyn Greeuws public Facebook profile in December 2012, read: Separated from Miro Dabrowski after 18 years of suffering domestic violence and abuse. Now fighting the system to keep my children safe.
Greeuw removed the post from her page in February 2013, after she received a letter from Dabrowskis lawyer.
But in his decision, Bowden writes that Greewu told the court she had written part of that statement into Facebook but not published it, and suggested her computer had been hacked to create the screenshot of the post that was used in the trial.
She also argued that the statement was not defamatory or, if it was, that it was covered under the justification defence which allows the publication of defamatory material if it can be proved to be substantially true.
Greewu, who represented herself, described a long history of emotional and occasionally physical abuse to the court, which she said began soon after the pair married in 1992. The relationship ended on 2 March 2012, when police served Dabrowski with an interim violence restraining order from Greewu at their house. Dabrowski denied he was ever abusive.
In his decision, Bowden said some of Dabrowskis comments about the nature of the relationship were incredulous. But he said Greewus implausible claims about how the Facebook post came to be undermined her credibility, and meant he could not find she had been the victim of domestic violence and abuse on her word alone.
Domestic violence and abuse by its very nature usually occur in the matrimonial home and in the absence of independent witnesses. I accept that defamation findings can be made solely on the evidence of one partner against the other, Bowden said.
However, Ms Greeuws credibility is so badly affected by the matters to which I have referred that it leads to the conclusion that she is prepared to say or write whatever she thinks will suit her case and I would not be prepared to accept her evidence unless it is supported by independent evidence or documents contemporaneously made with the events she now complains of.
Three witnesses, including Dabrowskis girlfriend, who split up with him for 10 months after reading the post, and his brother, who took the screenshots used in the case, told the court the post caused them to doubt his character.
Dabrowski told the court he was concerned the post would affect his teaching career.
In finding the case in his favour, Bowden said Dabrowski was an experienced educator and is entitled to public vindication.
In March 2014, a former Orange high School Student was ordered to pay $105,000 in damages to music teacher Christine Mickle after the New South Wales district court found he had defamed her on Twitter and Facebook.
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Herald Sun (Melbourne)
1 January 2015
Facebook post costs ex-wife $12,000
By Padraic Murphy
A woman has been ordered to pay her former husband $12,500 for defaming him on Facebook as a wife abuser.
Robyn Greeuws December 2012 posting read: Separated from Miro Dabrowski after 18 years of suffering domestic violence and abuse. Now fighting the system to keep my children safe.
Mr Dabrowski sued, saying the allegations were untrue and the post, seen by family and acquaintances, had caused him stress and embarrassment.
One woman told the District Court of Western Australia that it had caused her to change her view of him.
She said that although she knew Mr Dabrowski as a very caring, kind and thoughtful person, the … post caused her to have doubts in her mind, Judge Michael Bowden said.
Mr Dabrowski said he was concerned the post would ruin his reputation in Bunbury where he was a schoolteacher.
Ms Greeuw told the court he was abusive, had humiliated her in front of her parents, accused her of an affair and used to check her phone records.
She also said she suspected him of an affair, and accused him of pushing her and shouldering her into walls.
Mr Dabrowski conceded apologising to his wife for his behaviour, but denied he had been verbally abusive or physically expressed his anger.
Judge Bowden found this incredible, but said this did not lead to automatic acceptance of the version of Ms Greeuw, who he said lacked credibility and had a propensity to say whatever advanced her cause.
He dismissed her claim that the post was justified, saying she had failed to prove this and that Mr Dabrowski, 54, was entitled to be vindicated.
Ms Greeuw also claimed she was unfamiliar with Facebook and had thought the page private. She said her account must have been remotely accessed, and the post fabricated.
But the judge was satisfied she had posted it, removing it about a month later, and was merely trying to avoid the consequences of her actions.
Even if Ms Greeuw was unfamiliar with Facebook and did not realise that what she typed had been uplifted to her public Facebook site, she typed the remarks, and is responsible for posting them on to her public page, he said.
She was under a duty to monitor the posts appearing on that site, the judge said.
While conceding a risk that the defamation could spread further, the judge said a libel on Facebook by an estranged spouse, though not trivial, was not as grave as one published in a reputable newspaper.
2 January 2015
Facebook defamation: man awarded $12.5K after estranged wife's 'domestic violence' post
By Michaela Whitbourn
A judge has found the woman failed to prove her comment was true.
A woman has been ordered to pay $12,500 to her estranged husband after she defamed him on Facebook by accusing him of subjecting her to years of abuse.
In the latest of a growing number of cases over defamatory comments on social media, school teacher Miro Dabrowski sued his estranged wife, Robyn Greeuw, over a December 2012 Facebook post.
The post, which remained on her Facebook page for about six weeks, said she had "separated from Miro Dabrowski after 18 years of suffering domestic violence and abuse".
Ms Greeuw, who did not have legal representation at the trial, defended the case by arguing that the post was true.
West Australian District Court Judge Michael Bowden ruled in Mr Dabrowski's favour, saying Ms Greeuw had not proved the comments were true. However, he also found that parts of Mr Dabrowski's evidence "lacked credibility".
The court was shown letters from 2010 in which Mr Dabrowski apologised for "spoiling" a holiday.
"I guess I have a right to freak out, panic or whatever I do when things get on top of me but I don't have the right to make my family and you suffer because of it," he wrote.
"I am quite ashamed of taking you and life for granted and having no-one or nothing or no other means to blow off instead of making my loved ones suffer my problems."
In another letter, he wrote of events that caused "panic (and some hype and anger) during week two of the holidays" and said he "came across badly" but was "good intentioned".
Judge Bowden said Mr Dabrowski claimed the letters referred only to his "internal state of mind and not any outward display of anger" but his "evidence in this regard lacked credibility".
Mr Dabrowski called several witnesses during the 10-day trial, including a teacher he started dating in mid-2012.
The court heard that after the pair went on a date on December 23 that year, the woman logged onto Facebook "to see what his ex-wife looked like".
"She opened Ms Greeuw's Facebook page and saw the disputed post which left her shocked, horrified, confused and upset," Judge Bowden said.
She "discontinued the relationship" for about 10 months, but the pair remained on friendly terms and resumed dating in October 2013.
Judge Bowden said "domestic violence and abuse by its very nature usually [occurs] in the matrimonial home and in the absence of independent witnesses" and it was possible to make defamation findings "solely on the evidence of one partner against the other".
However, he said that in this case Ms Greeuw was not a credible witness and was "prepared to say or write whatever she thinks will suit her case". At best, she had established there was an incident during a holiday in 2010 which led Mr Dabrowski to apologise.
He said he had "no doubt that the post caused Mr Dabrowski personal distress, humiliation and hurt and harm to his reputation and it did cause people to 'look at him twice' and be more reserved about their contact with him".
"He is an experienced educator and is entitled to public vindication," Judge Bowden said.
Taking into account the fact that the comments were read by a limited audience and the post was deleted after about six weeks, he ordered Ms Greeuw to pay Mr Dabrowski $12,500 plus interest and costs.
Man paid $12,500 in damages after ex-wife s Facebook post - The West Australian
2 January 2015
Man paid $12,500 in damages after ex-wife's Facebook post
A school teacher has been paid $12,500 in compensation after his ex-wife accused him of domestically abusing her on Facebook.
Estranged wife Robyn Greeuw accused husband Miro Dabrowski of subjecting her to years of abuse in the post from December 2012, reports Fairfax media.
The case, which was heard at West Australian District Court, is one of a growing number of defamation cases from posts on social media.
The court heard that the post remained active on social media for six weeks and witnesses came forward to say they had caused her to change her view of Mr Dabrowski.
The post said "separated from Miro Dabrowski after 18 years of suffering domestic violence and abuse".
Ms Greeuw, from Bunbury, WA, opted not to have legal representation at the trial, and simply defended the case by saying that the post was true.
Judge Michael Bowden ruled in Mr Dabrowski's favour, saying Ms Greeuw had not proved the comments were true during the 10 day trial.
Mr Dabrowski called a teacher he started dating in mid-2012 to act as one of his witnesses during the case.
The court heard that after the pair went on a date that year she logged onto Ms Greeuws Facebook account to see what his ex-wife looked like.
Judge Bowden told the court: She opened Ms Greeuw's Facebook page and saw the disputed post which left her shocked, horrified, confused and upset,' reports Fairfax media.
The woman discontinued the relationship for 10 months but the couple resumed dating in October 2013.
Judge Bowden said that Ms Greeuw could not be treated as a credible witness and said he had "no doubt that the post caused Mr Dabrowski personal distress, humiliation and hurt and harm to his reputation and it did cause people to 'look at him twice' and be more reserved about their contact with him".
He is an experienced educator and is entitled to public vindication.
Woman ordered to pay $12,500 for defaming ex-husband on Facebook | Daily Mail Online
2 January 2015
Woman ordered to pay $12,500 for defaming ex-husband on Facebook after she claimed she suffered domestic violence and abuse during their 18-year marriage
By Louise Cheer for Daily Mail Australia
- Robyn Greeuw posted the defamatory remark on her Facebook in 2012
- It was seen by multiple people, including Miroslaw Dabrowski's brother
- WA District Court judge said he found inconsistencies in both cases
- But Judge Michael Bowden ruled in the estranged husband's favour
- He believed the post had caused Mr Dabrowski 'distress' and 'harm'
A woman has been ordered by a Western Australian court to pay $12,500 worth in damages to her estranged husband after it was found she had defamed him on Facebook.
In December 2012, a post appeared on Robyn Greeuw's social media page saying she had 'separated from Miro Dabrowski after 18 years of suffering domestic violence and abuse. Now fighting the system to keep my children safe'.
But Western Australian District Court Judge Michael Bowden ruled Ms Greeuw was unable to prove she had been subjected to this behaviour, despite finding holes in Mr Dabrowski's case.
'Even applying the extended definition of the words "domestic violence and abuse", as urged by Ms Greeuw, she has failed to prove any essential or substantial truth to the stings of the defamation imputations,' he said.
The post on the Bunbury mother-of-two's page was seen by Mr Dabrowski's brother as well as a woman he started dating in 2012. It was not removed until February 2013.
During the trial, Ms Greeuw maintained she was did not know how to use Facebook and had only started using it just months before the December 2012 post went up.
She said the post was 'a complete fabrication and part of a malicious and vindictive campaign' against her carried out by Mr Dabrowski and other people.
The only reference Ms Greeuw was able to produce as evidence of the violence and abuse she claims to have suffered was a 2010 incident.
Mr Dabrowski later penned a letter to apologise to his wife for his 'freak out' and 'spoiling the holiday'.
The letter was presented as evidence during the trial and read: 'I don't deal with my panic attacks well the panic and freak out period I had re holidays just showed that'.
But Mr Dabrowski told the court this referred to 'his internal state of mind' but Judge Bowden said this defence 'lacked credibility'.
However, the judge said this did not mean he accepted Ms Greeuw's version of events.
He believed she had a 'propensity to say whatever advances her cause' and was 'not a credible witness'.
Judge Bowden said he had 'no doubt' Ms Greeuw's post had caused Mr Dabrowski 'personal distress, humiliation and hurt and harm to his reputation'.
'It did cause people to "look at him twice" and be more reserved about their contact with him,' the judge said.
During the civil trial, a number of witnesses said the post had altered their perception of the school teacher to the point where they questioned their association with him and his behaviour.
As he was handing down his ruling, Judge Bowden said content on social media had a way of spreading quickly and damages would be awarded to Mr Dabrowski 'as reparation for the harm done to his personal and business reputation and for vindication to his reputation'.
'Defamatory publications on social media spread easily by the simple manipulation of computers,' he said.
'A public Facebook page is able to be viewed worldwide by whoever clicks on that page.'
Australian Woman Fined $12,500 for Defaming Husband on Facebook
International Business Times
2 January 2015
Australian Woman Fined $12,500 for Defaming Husband on Facebook (IBT)
By Mangala Dilip
A Sydney court has fined a woman $12,500 for posting defamatory comments about her estranged husband on Facebook, saying her accusation was not credible.
In the Facebook post dated Dec. 12, 2012, Robyn Greeuw announced her separation from Miro Dabrowski after 18 years of marriage. She also claimed that the school teacher abused her during their years together, Sydney Morning Herald reported.
The post, which remained for about six weeks, wasn't substantiated by proof.
The judge at the West Australian District Court Michael Bowden said: "Domestic violence and abuse by its very nature usually (occurs) in the matrimonial home and in the absence of independent witnesses, it was possible to make defamation findings solely on the evidence of one partner against the other."
However, he said that in this particular case, Greeuw could not be considered a credible witness and she is likely to "say or write whatever she thinks will suit her case".
At the same time, the judge also found that some parts of Dabrowski's evidence "lacked credibility." Excerpts from a letter written by Dabrowski apologising for "spoiling a holiday" read: "I am quite ashamed of taking you and life for granted and having no-one or nothing or no other means to blow off instead of making my loved ones suffer my problems."?
However, after considering arguments and evidences from both parties, the judge decided to rule in the husband's favour.