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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Youth Risk Behavior Survey (2018) and the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, nearly 1 in 11 female teens and about 1 in 15 male high school students report having experienced physical dating violence in the last year. Other disturbing statistics include: about 1 in 9 female and 1 in 36 male high school students report having experienced sexual dating violence in the last year and twenty-six percent (26%) of women and fifteen percent (15%) of men who were victims of contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime first experienced these or other forms of violence by that partner before age 18.

As you can tell from the statistics above, adolescent relationship abuse is highly prevalent and has major health consequences. “In addition to the immediate physical and emotional toll, a wide range of chronic physical and mental health problems are associated with these forms of violence. Impact is felt well beyond an individual victim, with substantial economic costs across victims’ lifetimes due to medical care, lost work, and criminal justice activities.” (CDC)

Health care providers can help by listening to your adolescent patients, believing them, addressing their immediate medical concerns, and providing healthy relationship education.

ONLINE RESOURCES, WEBINARS, TRAINING MODULES.

Hanging Out or Hooking Up: Clinical Guidelines on Responding to Adolescent Relationship Abuse– This publication is now in its 2nd edition written by Elizabeth Miller, MD, PhD and Rebecca Levenson, MA. This manual focuses on the role of the health care provider in preventing, identifying, and addressing adolescent relationship abuse.

Respect Effect: A New Tool for Teen Dating Violence Prevention (Webinar) 2020 Respect Effect is a brand new mobile application that supports its users to learn and practice healthy relationship skills while earning points for completing fun challenges with their friends. Respect Effect was developed in partnership with teens, and focuses on developing and building the skills young people need to keep themselves safe, to promote positivity and respect (online and off!), and to create and sustain healthy relationships.

Addressing Dating and Sexual Violence and Harassment in School-Based Health (Webinar) 2020 Clinical settings that serve adolescents in particular, such as confidential teen clinics and school health centers, are strategic sites for adolescent health promotion, prevention, and intervention. Unfortunately, the standard-of-care within adolescent health settings does not currently include specified protocols to assess for or intervene to reduce dating and sexual violence and harassment. This webinar will provide participants with strategies and tools to provide universal education on safe, consensual and healthy relationships, as well as models for trauma-informed responses to disclosure of domestic or sexual violence.

Dating Matters: Understanding Teen Dating Violence Prevention Training for Educators is a free, online course available to educators, school personnel, youth mentors, and others dedicated to improving teen health. Follow a school administrator throughout his day as he highlights what teen dating violence is and how to prevent it through graphic novel scenarios, interactive exercises, and information gathered from leading experts. CEUs are available before October 1, 2021.

Preventing Teen Dating Violence, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, This webpage offers a vast array of resources including definitions, consequences of abuse, evidence-based prevention strategies, statistics, articles, and publications.

Break the Cycle – Break the Cycle inspires and supports young people 12 – 24 to build healthy relationships and create a culture without abuse. They are a culturally affirming organization that centers young people, caring adults, and communities in our prevention and intervention efforts.

HOTLINES / HELPLINES

Loveisrespect A project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, love is respect offers 24/7 information, support, and advocacy to young people between the ages of 13 and 26 who have questions or concerns about their romantic relationships. They also provide support to concerned friends and family members, teachers, counselors, and other service providers through the same free and confidential services via phone, text, and live chat. They aim to be a safe and inclusive space for young people to access help and information in a setting specifically for them. They provide comprehensive education through resources including quizzes, interactive pages, and testimonials, as well as training, toolkits, and curriculum for educators, peers, and parents to promote healthy relationships and prevent future abuse.

  • Chat available at main website (see link)
  • Text “loveis” to 1.866.331.9474
  • Call 1.866.331.9474

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Youth Risk Behavior Survey (2018) and the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, nearly 1 in 11 female teens and about 1 in 15 male high school students report having experienced physical dating violence in the last year. Other disturbing statistics include: about 1 in 9 female and 1 in 36 male high school students report having experienced sexual dating violence in the last year and twenty-six percent (26%) of women and fifteen percent (15%) of men who were victims of contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime first experienced these or other forms of violence by that partner before age 18.

As you can tell from the statistics above, adolescent relationship abuse is highly prevalent and has major health consequences. “In addition to the immediate physical and emotional toll, a wide range of chronic physical and mental health problems are associated with these forms of violence. Impact is felt well beyond an individual victim, with substantial economic costs across victims’ lifetimes due to medical care, lost work, and criminal justice activities.” (CDC)

Health care providers can help by listening to your adolescent patients, believing them, addressing their immediate medical concerns, and providing healthy relationship education.

ONLINE RESOURCES, WEBINARS, TRAINING MODULES.

Hanging Out or Hooking Up: Clinical Guidelines on Responding to Adolescent Relationship Abuse– This publication is now in its 2nd edition written by Elizabeth Miller, MD, PhD and Rebecca Levenson, MA. This manual focuses on the role of the health care provider in preventing, identifying, and addressing adolescent relationship abuse.

Respect Effect: A New Tool for Teen Dating Violence Prevention (Webinar) 2020 Respect Effect is a brand new mobile application that supports its users to learn and practice healthy relationship skills while earning points for completing fun challenges with their friends. Respect Effect was developed in partnership with teens, and focuses on developing and building the skills young people need to keep themselves safe, to promote positivity and respect (online and off!), and to create and sustain healthy relationships.

Addressing Dating and Sexual Violence and Harassment in School-Based Health (Webinar) 2020 Clinical settings that serve adolescents in particular, such as confidential teen clinics and school health centers, are strategic sites for adolescent health promotion, prevention, and intervention. Unfortunately, the standard-of-care within adolescent health settings does not currently include specified protocols to assess for or intervene to reduce dating and sexual violence and harassment. This webinar will provide participants with strategies and tools to provide universal education on safe, consensual and healthy relationships, as well as models for trauma-informed responses to disclosure of domestic or sexual violence.

Dating Matters: Understanding Teen Dating Violence Prevention Training for Educators is a free, online course available to educators, school personnel, youth mentors, and others dedicated to improving teen health. Follow a school administrator throughout his day as he highlights what teen dating violence is and how to prevent it through graphic novel scenarios, interactive exercises, and information gathered from leading experts. CEUs are available before October 1, 2021.

Preventing Teen Dating Violence, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, This webpage offers a vast array of resources including definitions, consequences of abuse, evidence-based prevention strategies, statistics, articles, and publications.

Break the Cycle – Break the Cycle inspires and supports young people 12 – 24 to build healthy relationships and create a culture without abuse. They are a culturally affirming organization that centers young people, caring adults, and communities in our prevention and intervention efforts.

HOTLINES / HELPLINES

Loveisrespect A project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, love is respect offers 24/7 information, support, and advocacy to young people between the ages of 13 and 26 who have questions or concerns about their romantic relationships. They also provide support to concerned friends and family members, teachers, counselors, and other service providers through the same free and confidential services via phone, text, and live chat. They aim to be a safe and inclusive space for young people to access help and information in a setting specifically for them. They provide comprehensive education through resources including quizzes, interactive pages, and testimonials, as well as training, toolkits, and curriculum for educators, peers, and parents to promote healthy relationships and prevent future abuse.

  • Chat available at main website (see link)
  • Text “loveis” to 1.866.331.9474
  • Call 1.866.331.9474

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