Adolescent Domestic Battery: Responding Effectively to Families in Crisis
Published Dec 12, 2013, Illiniois Models for Change
This monograph describes how the Illinois Models for Change (MfC) projects in Cook, DuPage and Peoria counties developed policy, practice, and programs to respond to adolescent domestic battery. In this context, the term “adolescent domestic battery” (ADB) encompasses family crisis or violence that results in police contact and possible delinquency system involvement for a young person. Youth may be charged with domestic battery against a parent, caregiver or sibling, or the youth may be charged with a different offense connected to the family conflict. The strategies outlined in this monograph provide guidance for working more effectively with both of these groups using an individualized, restorative approach fully in line with the purpose of the Illinois Juvenile Court Act.