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Unintended Consequences: Addressing the Impact of Domestic Violence Mandatory and Pro-Arrest Policies and Practices on Girls & Young Women

Unintended Consequences arose from the Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP) roundtable discussion that was attended by advocates representing the violence against women and juvenile justice reform for girls communities. This report provides background information about the unintended consequences and impact of mandatory and pro-arrest domestic violence policies on girls, young women and women, as well as the disproportionate impact on communities of color, and summarizes the discussions for future policy and practice reform.