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Youth Justice and Domestic Violence Handbook

Youth Exposed to Domestic Violence

A Handbook for the Juvenile Justice System to Enhance Assessment and Intervention Strategies for Youth from Violent Homes

by Linda Baker & Peter Jaffe (2003). This 30-page handbook is the fourth in a series of handbooks designed for professional groups with funding from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Youth in the juvenile justice system may be victims of violence, witnesses to violence, perpatrators of violence in the home, or involved in abusive relationships. A youth can be all four.


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Youth Exposed to Domestic Violence (1.5 MB).

Table of Contents

  • Youth exposed to domestic violence

  • How can this handbook help?

  • Terms used in this handbook

  • Domestic violence and the juvenile justice system

  • Victimization, violence and youth

  • Domestic violence

  • Power and Control Wheel

  • Impacts of exposure to domestic violence

  • Signs a youth is having difficulty

  • Screen for exposure to violence

  • Who is at risk of being involved in an abusive dating relationship?

  • Responding to disclosures

  • Guidelines to assist with decision making and formal responses to disclosures

  • Reporting to child protection services

  • Abuse perpetrated by adolescents

  • When youthful offenders perpetrate relationship violence

  • Guidelines for assessing risk and safety planning

  • Main components included in domestic violence risk assessment

  • Safety plans and risk reduction

  • Community partnerships

  • Promising practices

  • An innovative approach

  • A model for group intervention

  • Where to go for help

  • References and resources

Ordering Information

This handbook is available from the Centre for $25.00 plus shipping and handling. Check out the order form for more information. We accept credit card purchases.

The Packard Handbooks

There are three other resources in the Packard Handbook series: for police, teachers, and early childhood educators.


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