Webinar to Explore Teen Dating Violence and Specialized Youthful Offender Courts

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On Jan. 29, the Battered Women’s Justice Project will hold a webinar titled “The Youthful Offender Domestic Violence Court: Can a Court Help Break the Cycle?

The event will center on teen dating violence, focusing on the implementation of Youthful Offender Domestic Violence Courts (YODVCs) in New York City. YODVCs, misdemeanor courts involving defendants ages 16 to 19, emphasize specialized teen services for victims, while placing offenders in 12 week batterer’s programs which are designed specifically for teenagers.

Presenters scheduled for the event include Gene A. Johnson, Jr., who has helped develop curriculums for Edwin Gould Services For Children and Families’ STEPS to End Family Violence Teen Accountability Program and Rebecca Thomforde Hauser, associate director of the Center for Court Innovation’s Domestic Violence Program.

The Battered Women’s Justice Project receives funding from the Office on Violence Against Women and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, among others.

The free Webinar will begin at 2 p.m. CST and is expected to last an hour and a half. To participate in the event, attendees are required to register here