Barriers to Using Respite Beds for Girls With DV Charges

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Barriers to Using Respite Beds for Girls With DV Charges

October 29, 2019 | by NCCD and the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center

NCCD has released its second brief on girls in secure detention in Florida (see first brief here). With support from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, NCCD and the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center examined why girls arrested for domestic violence-related charges were not consistently assigned to domestic violence respite beds. Instead, they often landed in secure detention, which research has shown to worsen the trauma that many of the girls in this population have experienced. While the unavailability of respite beds was the most common reason for not using them, reasons varied—many according to race. For more on this, read the full brief here.