The Rate of False Allegations of Partner Violence

Journal of Family Violence, Forthcoming

Posted: 27 Sep 2016 Last revised: 12 Oct 2016

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Yoav Mazeh

Ono Academic College Faculty of Law

Martin Widrig


Date Written: September 15, 2016


A key controversy surrounding partner violence (PV) concerns false allegations. It is related to various disputes regarding gender differences with respect to PV. The rate of false PV complaints has been in dispute for decades. Some argue that it is marginal, others that it is significant. The article shows that the controversy has ramifications for the estimation of the prevalence of PV and for the measures police and welfare agencies should take when receiving such complaints. The article suggests methods for examining the scope of the phenomenon of false allegations and stresses the importance of such studies.

Keywords: domestic violence

Suggested Citation

Mazeh, Yoav and Widrig, Martin, The Rate of False Allegations of Partner Violence (September 15, 2016). Journal of Family Violence, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN:

Yoav Mazeh (Contact Author)

Ono Academic College Faculty of Law ( email )

104 Zahal St.
Kiryat Ono, 55000


Martin Widrig

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