Adolescent Health

With one in five (20%) U.S. teen girls reporting ever experiencing physical and/or sexual violence from someone they were dating, adolescent relationship abuse is highly prevalent and has major health consequences. Health care providers can help by providing prevention messages about healthy relationships, and helping those exposed to abuse. In response, Futures Without Violence has developed Hanging Out or Hooking Up: Clinical Guidelines on Responding to Adolescent Relationship Abuse: An Integrated Approach to Prevention and Intervention, focusing on the transformative role of the adolescent health care provider in preventing, identifying and addressing adolescent relationship abuse (ARA). These guidelines are applicable to providers working in a range of settings serving adolescents, including adolescent health, pediatrics, family planning clinics, and school-based health. Use these guidelines in combination with the Hanging Out or Hooking up safety cards and other resources below.


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