Re: Re[2]: Boston, Quincy, San Diego, etc.

marie De Santis (
Tue, 23 Jun 1998 13:56:11 PDT

CA law allows for criminal prosecution of teen dating violence. The
prosecution process for the teen perpetrator of dating violence however
takes place in the juvenile court system and as such is subject to all
the vagaries of that system.

The main difference between the response to teen and adult dating
violence is the lack of willingness to make criminal reports of teen
dating violence. Teachers, parents, neighbors, society in general look
at teen dating violence with almost an affectionate puppy love nostalgia
and, as such, miss the best opportunity to nip the criminal behavior in
the bud.

In answer to your question, I think there is no more effective time to
come down hard on domestic violence than to target teen dating violence
for criminal prosecution.


>In the school setting, is dating violence treated with a
>similar "hard line" approach for juveniles as the domestic
>violence process for adults you described in your message?
>Would you encourage such an approach? Why or why not?
>Susan J. Smith
>EDEQUITY Moderator

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