ERIC Number: ED380731
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr-14
Reference Count: N/A
Young Adolescent Batterers: A Profile of Restraining Order Defendants in Massachusetts.
Cochran, Donald; And Others
Research indicates a national trend of increasing violence among the juvenile population. This study examines and profiles adolescent restraining order defendants in one state. The study includes all adolescent defendants between the ages of 11 and 17 who had a restraining order issued against them during a 10-month period. This study examined the characteristics and patterns of adolescent batterers and the transmission of violence and abuse. The report is divided into three sections. Section one gives a general overview of the state's adolescent batterers' cases and their characteristics. Section two deals specifically with dating violence and section three addresses familial violence, with a special emphasis on parental abuse. Included in these sections are the age and gender of batterers, statistics on the location and conditions of the battery, and victims' comments on the batterer. The report concludes that the time of the issuance of the restraining order should be a time for intervention. The teenager must unlearn the abusive behavior and be taught the appropriate interpersonal techniques. Likewise, domestic violence prevention should precede the point at which a restraining order is issued. It is recommended that personnel in courts, law enforcement, schools, and social services be trained to deal with teenage battering. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Trial Court, Boston. Office of Commissioner of Probation.
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts