Reframing the Response: Girls in the Juvenile Justice System and Domestic Violence
Juvenile and Family Justice Today, Vol. 18, No.1, Winter 2009, 16-20
Boston College Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2009-01
6 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2012
Date Written: January 1, 2009
This article provides an overview of the role gender plays in juvenile justice processing. It reviews national data on girls’ arrest patterns and links those patterns to girls’ underlying needs and trauma histories. The article then focuses on the increase in arrests of girls for domestic assaults and describes the experience of Washoe County, Nevada, where girls were detained disproportionately for domestic battery as a result of a mandatory detention law. The article goes on to describe Nevada’s successful effort to amend that law to increase discretion and mandate family services and the resulting improvements in services to girls experiencing family-based violence.
Keywords: juvenile justice, girls' arrests, accountability model, delinquency, Positive Youth Development, PYD
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