Teen Dating Violence and Reproductive Coercion

Title: Teen Dating Violence and Reproductive Coercion: Innovative Opportunities for Programs and Partnerships

Date Recorded: February 27, 2012

Description: One in four adult women and one in five teens girls report experiencing physical and/or sexual dating violence at some point in their lifetime. Victims of violence are more likely to suffer long-term negative health consequences, including unplanned pregnancy, poor pregnancy outcomes and sexually transmitted infections as well as depression, and substance abuse. Studies are also uncovering high rates of reproductive coercion (which includes pregnancy pressure and direct birth control interference in an attempt to impregnate a partner against her will) which has serious implications for efforts to prevent unplanned and rapid repeat pregnancy. However, there are interventions that are helping to identify domestic violence and reproductive coercion, increase safety and decrease risk for unplanned pregnancy and STIs as well as primary prevention strategies for these issues.

In this session, the presenter will give an overview of the research on violence and its impact on health and will offer promising programs on how to respond and promote healthy relationships. Specific clinic based interventions will be featured as well as strategies for adapting these tools for community and school based settings. Presenters will also offer strategies and resources on how to collaborate with domestic/sexual violence programs in ways that better support the staff in your program and provide stronger linkages to help young women exposed to domestic violence. Tools and resources for health care providers, perinatal and community based programs will also be shared.


  • Evelyn Kappeler, Acting Director, Office of Adolescent Health
  • Rebecca Levenson, Senior Policy Analyst, Futures Without Violence
  • Rebecca Odor, Family Violence Prevention & Services Program Administration for Children and Families
  • Morrisa Rice, Lieutenant Commander, United States Public Health Service
  • LeBretia White, Project Officer, Family and Youth Services Bureau

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