According to national research, 1 out of 3 teens report knowing friends or peers who have experienced dating abuse.Worse, the Massachusetts Youth Risk Behavior Survey finds that 1 in 10 teens report being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner.There are specific warning signs that may indicate your teen is in an abusive relationship.
FOGARTY, MD, MSc, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, New York BRUCE AMBUEL, Ph D, MS, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin SUZANNE LEONARD HARRISON, MD, Florida State University College of Medicine, Tallahassee, Florida Am Fam Physician. Intimate partner violence is a common source of physical, psychological, and emotional morbidity.
For many years she was too ashamed to talk about her experiences, but, with the help of Break the Silence against Domestic Violence, she is now eager to educate others about teen dating violence, and how to prevent it.
A common misconception about teen dating violence is that survivors don’t experience the same level of abuse as adult women.
Primary care physicians are ideally positioned to work from a preventive framework and address at-risk behaviors.
Strategies for identifying intimate partner violence include asking relevant questions in patient histories, screening during periodic health examinations, and case finding in patients with suggestive signs or symptoms. Physicians should be aware of increased child abuse risk and negative effects on children's health observed in families with intimate partner violence.