Family Based Violence and Young Women: Unintended Consequences

Published by: Francine Sherman

This webinar provides a particular focus on girls charged with any home-based assault (simple assault, domestic battery, assault against as family member) to understand the context of those offenses and how supporting girls and their families can avoid their arrests and detentions. The research has been clear for decades that girls are arrested disproportionately for home based intra-family assaults arising from family chaos that is best handled through community-based services or child protection systems. Perhaps most critically, the most recent OJJDP report reminds us of the urgent need to address race disparities in our justice system. It’s time to re-focus efforts to understand the intentional and unintentional forces behind the harsh treatment of girls of color and make it a goal to reduce their arrests, petitions, and detention.

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