In gathering and analyzing the statewide data available on youth in contact with the justice system for domestic-related offenses, the prevalence of girls and women in the populations of both offender and victim became evident. Just under 22% of youth arrested in 2007 for all offenses in Illinois were girls. For domestic offenses, however, girls comprise over one third (33.5%) of youth arrests. Over 60% of victims of juvenile domestic offenses were women. Most often, the victims were parents or stepparents (38.76%), siblings (12.18%) or other "known" members of the household (27.52%). Alleged battery of a dating partner comprised only 6.98% of these cases.
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