A criminology professor called for a reform to the one-size-fits-all zero-tolerance domestic violence laws in Israel. Prof. Sarah Ben-David of Ariel University spoke at Wednesday's Strengthening the Family Structure conference at the Knesset. She called for ways to curb the abuse of complaints, stating that false allegations are running rampant. "Police officers need to be trained on how to properly deal with domestic violence and how to filter false complaints," she stated. She also called for an alternative to locking up those suspected of domestic violence. "They should be given the option of bail or house arrest only," Prof. Ben-David stated. She added there are no legal repercussions for filing a false complaint, unless, for example, the issue to taken to court and a judge rules that the accuser must pay a fine.
According to a past report from Hanna Slutzky, a social worker with the Youth Welfare department, in 2012 there as an increase in the percentage of false accusations of both domestic violence and child abuse. Most of the false allegations occurred in the midst of divorce proceedings.
The conference was held at the Knesset in Jerusalem on behalf of the Caucus for Strengthening the Family and Community Structure. It was presided over by Member of Knesset Moshe Feiglin (Likud) and featured members of the police and other experts.