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A Family Affair: The Juvenile Court and Family Violence Cases

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Summarize the article: "A Family Affair: The Juvenile Court and Family Violence Cases" by Erika Gebo.

Published online: 30 June 2007
Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2007
J Fam Viol (2007) 22:501-509
DOI 10.1007/s10896-007-9075-1

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The expert examines juvenile court and family violence cases.

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Juvenile crime in relation to familial violence comprises a large percentage of adolescent crime. Despite this fact little attention has been devoted to studies of adolescent family violence offending. This article focuses on this phenomenon while attempting to determine if the victim's relationship with their offender has any discernible effect on the disposition of the case within the criminal justice system. Within the adult system research has shown that the victim offender relationship has an impact on the severity of the sentence wherein family members receive leniency more than non-family offenders.

The literature review dictates that most family violence offenders are minor offenders who are female. This is in contrast to the male figures of non-family offenders yet the caveat is that crimes committed by these juveniles are typically minor. The literature indicates that family violence youth receive leniency more than non-family offenders in the juvenile justice system. The statistics for violence in regard to siblings and youth indicates that 75% of American children reported being physically violent toward a sibling during some point in their childhood making it most common type of family violence. Child to parent violence (CBV) was committed by 9% of adolescences according to the literature review. In any regard the literature indicates that juveniles charged with these offenses in juvenile court have their cases disposed of by receiving community dispositions.

The objective of the study is to explore whether treating family violence offenders with more leniency than non-family offenders ...

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