Do domestic violence laws apply to juveniles and do they prohibit using the JRB?The short answer is “no.” Section 21 of PA 11-157 amended the definition of “family violence crime” in CGS §46b-38a(3) so that it specifically excludes a "delinquent act."
It is the classification as a “family violence crime” that triggers the mandates such as a mandatory arrest and next day court appearance.
What the police are generally told is that if they have concern about anyone’s safety in a domestic violence case involving a juvenile, the juvenile should be arrested and placed in detention. That would give the juvenile a chance to cool off overnight, give the family the opportunity to be safe and let the judge sort it all out in the morning.
If safety is not an immediate concern, the juvenile can just be charged with the appropriate delinquent act and handled as any other juvenile matter. In those situations, if otherwise eligible, the case may be referred to the JRB.
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