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Advisory Committee Chair

Kathryn A Morgan

Advisory Committee Members

Cathy McElderry

Suzanne Perumean-Chaney

Document Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2011

Degree Name by School

Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) College of Arts and Sciences

Abstract

Juvenile violence has received considerable attention both in criminological literature and policy circles, but this attention has largely ignored juvenile domestic violence offending, which is a growing problem in the Jefferson County Family Court. This study identifies the characteristics of juvenile domestic offenders in the Jefferson County Family Court, and examines the effect of prior domestic violence conviction on case disposition. Results indicate that these juveniles are black, males, inschool and the most likely victim of the violence is the juveniles mother. Prior domestic violence offending has no statistically significant effect on case disposition.

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