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8 Things Every Judge Should Know About Teen Dating Violence

Resource Center on Domestic Violence: Child Protection and Custody

This article about teen dating violence was written by Judge Marshall Murray of Wisconsin, who has presided for more than twenty years in Milwaukee’s courts, including the children’s court, domestic violence court, family court and probate court. This article offers important information and tips for legal professionals working with teen survivors of dating violence.

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Use of Social Media in Teen Dating Violence: Technology How-Tos for Judges

Legal Momentum

Use of Social Media in Teen Dating Violence: Technology "How-Tos" for Judges is a resource guide for judges (and other court system professionals) with categories such as "How to Stay Up-to-Date on TDV Issues," "How to Retrieve Messages from Smartphones," "How to Obtain Information That May Be Open to 'E-Discovery'," "How to Ensure Teen Victims Are Protected," and "How to Evaluate ESI (Electronically Stored Evidence."

 

 

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Teen Dating Violence: The Need for Judicial Leadership

Legal Momentum

Teen Dating Violence: The Need for Judicial Leadership provides information for judges about why their role as leaders in the courtroom and the community is especially important in cases where TDV is present. The information sheet contains a history of TDV being recognized in the court and the following sections: "Judicial Leadership for the Courts – Domestic Violence Courts"; "Judicial Leadership for the Courts – Family Courts"; "Judicial Leadership for the Courts – Juvenile Courts"; and “Judicial Leadership for the Community".

 

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Use of Social Media in Teen Dating Violence

Legal Momentum

“Teen Dating Violence” (TDV) is a scourge that is as epidemic, harmful, and potentially lethal as adult domestic violence. Unchecked TDV can entrench a lifetime pattern of perpetration by abusers and acceptance of abuse by victims. Use of Social Media in Teen Dating Violence explains how teens can use social media to perpetrate intimate partner violence and how courts can use social media to help figure out the facts at hand in cases of TDV.

 

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The Teenage Brain: New Knowledge from Neuroscience

Legal Momentum

The Teenage Brain: New Knowledge from Neuroscience explains the science behind why teens' brains are different than adult brains, how neuroscience affects teen behaviors, and why developmental differences between teens and adults have consequences for cases in which TDV is present

 

 

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The Dynamics and Consequences of Teen Dating Violence

Legal Momentum

The Dynamics and Consequences of Teen Dating Violence provides necessary background information about this pervasive problem and serves as an introduction to the rest of NJEP's TDV information and resources sheets.

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Orders of Protection for Victims of Teen Dating Violence

Legal Momentum

Orders of Protection for Victims of Teen Dating Violence is a resource for judges and court system professionals about how orders of protection can be used to help victims of TDV and about how to craft the protective orders in such a way that ensures the victims' safety in all areas of their lives.

 

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LGBTQ Issues in Teen Dating Violence

Legal Momentum

LGBTQ Issues in Teen Dating Violence is an information sheet explaining the problems faced by LGBTQ victims of TDV that are specific to their LGBTQ identities. The information sheet also makes clear that LGBTQ teens face TDV/intimate partner violence at the same rates as heterosexual teens, and it discusses the complexities in LGBTQ teens' lives which may lead them to not report instances of TDV.

 

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Holding Teen Dating Violence Offenders Accountable

Legal Momentum

Holding Teen Dating Violence Offenders Accountable is an information sheet for judges and court system that professionals which provides guidance on issues related to sentencing and dealing with offenders in cases where TDV is present. The information sheet includes the following topics: Disposition and Sentencing Considerations Generally; How Does Brain Development Factor In?;Approaches to Disposition Hearings & Sentencing; and Tailoring the Response.

 

 

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The Connection Between Between Dating Violence and Unhealthy Behaviors

Futures Without Violence

Young people, 12 to 19 years old, experience the highest rates of rape and sexual assault. Youth, 18 to19 years old, experience the highest rates of stalking. Approximately 15.5 million U.S. children live in families in which intimate partner violence occurred at least once in the past year. There are a large number of young people in this country whose lives are affected – sometimes shaped – by violence. Teen dating violence and other forms of exposure to violence are a huge problem in this country. The research below indicates a strong connection between dating violence, exposure to other forms of violence, and unhealthy behaviors.

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Webinars

Creating Effective Protection Orders in Teen Dating Violence Cases

January 3, 2018

Teen dating violence is a pattern of abusive or coercive behaviors used to maintain power and control over a current or former intimate partner. Abuse can be physical, verbal, emotional, digital, sexual, and financial. Abuse affects every sex and gender, people in all types of relationships, and people of all income levels.
After this webinar, you should be better able to: Define teen dating violence and understand its dynamics. Distinguish how relationship violence affects young people differently than adults. Identify fundamental legal considerations when protection orders involve minors. Identify options for effective protection orders in teen dating violence cases.

Teen Dating Violence: Cyber Abuse, Social Media, and the Courts

September 19, 2019

With more teens than ever using social media to connect with their friends, it is important that courts and court staff stay abreast of the latest trends and techniques used to abuse. Moreover, with nearly half of middle school students reporting they were victims of electronic dating violence, this webinar provides a better understanding of teen culture and the role technology plays in teen dating violence.

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National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families & Communities

The National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities, a project of Casa de Esperanza is the national institute on domestic violence focusing on Latin@ communities. The National Latin@ Network provides training and consultations to practitioners and activists throughout the US, as well as in Latin America. They engage in federal and state public policy advocacy and conduct research on issues that affect Latin@s in the US and abroad. Visit the website to learn more about Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month and discover educational opportunities! Learn about effective strategies to engage youth in talking about healthy relationships and much more, including Casa de Esperanza's Youth Amig@s, a program that engages Latinas in high school, talk about healthy relationships in a culturally responsive manner.

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