Teen Dating Violence: The Need for Judicial Leadership

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February 2016
  • Fairness in the Courts
  • Violence Against Women and Girls
  • National Judicial Education Program
  • Teen Dating Violence
  • Resource for Women and Advocates
  • Publication

This sheet is part of our collection of eleven Teen Dating Violence Information and Resources Sheets.

View our complete set of TDV Information and Resources Sheets

Dealing effectively with teen dating violence requires judges, court staff, and court-related professionals with specialized training on the particular needs and developmental stages of teenagers. However, very few domestic violence courts are dedicated to teens. Judicial leadership in the courts and the community is needed to better address alarming rates of teen dating violence and to improve the response to the unique needs and challenges of this age group.