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Working with Teen Victims of Domestic and Dating Violence

By Liza Siebel

Young people are among the most likely to experience violence in their intimate relationships, yet few agencies are equipped to meet their complex needs. State laws governing civil domestic-violence restraining or protective orders often fail to protect young—especially minor—victims fully. Comprehensive legal representation and sensitivity to teens' unique circumstances are critical to guide this vulnerable population through civil and criminal court proceedings and to help keep them safe.

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