Child & Adolescent Health

child with drStudies suggest that 15.5 million children in the U.S. witness domestic violence annually and by age 17, over one-third of America’s children will have been exposed to domestic violence.

Exposure to violence at an early age is linked to health problems that can last into adulthood. FUTURES works with healthcare providers to identify and respond to children’s exposure to violence—advancing the early interventions in clinical settings that promote connection and healing.

In order to prevent violence from occurring in the first place, FUTURES invests in prevention strategies that promote healthy relationships among teens and young adults. FUTURES equips adolescent healthcare providers with the tools and resources they need to counsel their young patients about healthy relationships and to assess for and respond to dating violence.

Resources for Child + Adolescent Health Settings:

The “Hanging Out or Hooking Up”? resources for Adolescent Health settings are the result of a randomized control trial that was done in 11 school-based health centers. The study showed that when school-based health providers talked with each adolescent patient about healthy and unhealthy relationships, and how to get help using the “Hanging Out or Hooking Up?” safety card, there was an improvement in both health and safety outcomes.

Important information on adolescent health:

Learn more about our resources by visiting the IPV Health Toolkit.

In addition to working with healthcare providers and in health settings, FUTURES works with many other partners to address children’s exposure to violence and childhood trauma. Learn more about our other programs.