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Adolescent Male Domestic Violence Offenders

NCJ Number
Richard R. Peterson Ph.D.
Date Published
January 2011
8 pages
This research brief examines adolescent males' history of arrests for domestic violence (DV) in New York City.
Findings suggest that intervening with adolescent male arrestees to reduce domestic violence, especially intimate partner violence, may be difficult. Among male juveniles under the age of 16, arrests for domestic violence offenses are relatively rare. Although some research indicates that teen dating violence is common, it appears that such violence is either not criminal in nature, or is not often reported to the police, limiting the opportunities for contact between the criminal justice system and male juvenile offenders. Also indentified for targeted intervention were those who were not engaged in full-time activity, those who had a juvenile delinquency history of DV arrests, those who were arrested for a new DV offense during the pendency of the case, and those who did not receive Youthful Offender status. Data were collected from an Adolescent Male Arrest History file extracted from the New York City Criminal Justice Agency database. 9 figures