As increasing light is shed on the limitations of criminal legal responses to domestic violence, calls for community-based solutions that do not involve the criminal legal system are growing louder. Mandatory reporting laws pose a significant challenge in making this shift, however, by connecting many informal and formal domestic violence supports to criminal and legal institutions.
This Teen Dating Violence Awareness & Prevention Month (TDVAM) webinar explores the impact of mandatory reporting on domestic violence survivors, highlighting unique impacts for LGBTQ young people. Presenters share findings from a 2016 survey that examined how mandatory reporting affects the help-seeking of domestic violence survivors. Presenters also identify practical strategies advocates can use to decrease negative consequences of reporting and increase survivor safety and self-determination.