Child & Adolescent Health

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Domestic violence rarely has only one victim. In fact, children and youth are exposed to violence in their homes everyday. Studies 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 a host of health problems that can last into adulthood. FUTURES works with health care providers to identify and respond to children’s exposure to violence—advancing the early interventions in clinical settings that promote resiliency and help children heal.

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 health care providers with the tools and resources they need to counsel their young patients about healthy relationships and to screen for and respond to dating violence.

In addition to working with health care provider 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.


Resources on Child & Adolescent Health:

Connected Parents, Connected Kids Safety Card to help providers discuss Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Hanging Out or Hooking Up? Safety Card for providers to discuss healthy relationships with teens

Hanging Out or Hooking Up? Poster

Hanging Out or Hooking Up? Clinical Guidelines to Responding to Adolescent Relationship Abuse

Hanging Our or Hooking Up? A Train the Trainers Curriculum for Responding to Adolescent Relationship Abuse

Trauma Informed Reporting for Domestic Violence and Child Abuse

Learn more about our resources for  home visitation.


View the online toolkit.