April 13, 2011

Title: Promoting Healthy Teen Relationships: Preventing Teen Dating Violence
Date & Time: Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT

Description: One in three teens report knowing a friend or peer who has been hit, punched, kicked, choked or physically hurt by their partner. Teens experiencing dating violence are more likely to suffer long-term negative behavioral and health consequences, including suicide attempts, depression, substance abuse, unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. However, there are interventions that are helping to prevent dating violence, increase safety and improve health. In this session, presenters will give an overview of the research on teen dating violence and its impact on youth and will offer promising programs on how to respond. Specific clinic and community based interventions will be featured and tools and resources for health care providers, teachers and parents will also be shared.


  • Tarsha Wilson, Ph.D., MSW, LGSW, Health Resources and Services Administration Office of Women’s Health
  • Marylouise Kelley, Ph.D., Director, Family Violence Prevention & Services Program, Family and Youth Services Bureau Administration for Children and Families
  • Rebecca Levenson, Senior Policy Analyst, Futures Without Violence
  • Lisa Sohn, Program Manager, FWV’s Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships Initiative

Slides: 1) Presentation 2) Start Strong Model