This webinar is hosted by the Battered Women's Justice Project and is open to the public. 


This webinar provides a particular focus on girls charged with any home-based assault (simple assault, domestic battery, assault against as family member) to understand the context of those offenses and how supporting girls and their families can avoid their arrests and detentions. The research has been clear for decades that girls are arrested disproportionately for home based intra-family assaults arising from family chaos that is best handled through community-based services or child protection systems. Perhaps most critically, the most recent OJJDP report reminds us of the urgent need to address race disparities in our justice system. It’s time to re-focus efforts to understand the intentional and unintentional forces behind the harsh treatment of girls of color and make it a goal to reduce their arrests, petitions, and detention.;


Francine Sherman, Clinical Professor and Director of Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project, Boston College Law School


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  • Audio option includes:  VoIP (free audio through the internet, speakers are required, a headset is recommended) or dialing into a teleconference line. Your standard long distance charges will apply.

  • The webinar will be closed captioned. 

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