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Judicial Institute on Teen Dating Violence

Judicial Institute on Teen Dating Violence
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Futures Without Violence, Break the Cycle, and the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, is offering a hands-on, highly interactive workshop that will provide an essential foundation for new and experienced state, tribal and territorial judges and judicial officers to enhance their skills in handling civil and criminal teen dating violence cases. Judicial participants will leave the workshop with greater knowledge and skills for handling cases involving teen dating violence.
A judge participant in this workshop will be better able to:
  • Define adolescence and describe the impact of brain development and environmental factors on adolescent behaviors, particularly in cases of teen dating violence;
  • Identify the dynamics of teen dating violence, including the impact of gender, role of peers, motivations for using violence, and the short and long term impacts on all parties.
  • Differentiate teen dating violence from adult domestic violence;
  • Assess dangerousness and risk factors, including the presence and impact of trauma, for youth who appear in court;
  • Recognize protective factors that might enhance an individual youth’s resiliency, well-being, and safety.
  • Discuss the uses of assessments and screening of youth in the context ofteen dating violence;
  • Rule on evidentiary issues particular to cases that involve adolescent parties.
  • Identify a judge’s leadership role in the court and the community to promote healthy relationships among adolescents;
  • Initiate or enhance communication and collaboration among justice system and community partners to improve services for youth involved in teen dating violence;
  • Engage in activities within the bounds of judicial ethics that improve the administration of justice for youth within the courts and the community;
  • Recognize how blinding preferences can impact your assessments of young people;
  • Anticipate and respond to how young people perceive the justice system and other institutions;
  • Create a courtroom culture that emphasizes mutual respect for the dynamics of difference;
  • Select developmentally appropriate interventions and accountability mechanisms that recognize the circumstances unique to teen dating violence; and
  • Identify community resources that support effective dispositions and outcomes for youth