Track B

Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Intervention

Susan Pieters, MA, ICDVP, Healthcare Education Coordinator, Between Friends Chicago

This session will explore teen dating violence prevention and intervention strategies helpful to adolescent healthcare providers. Research indicates that adolescents experience violence within their dating relationships at alarming rates. We will explore: Prevalence data, the dynamics of an abusive adolescent dating relationship, the impact that this experience has on the health and future of the survivor, barriers to discussion of this topic among students and professionals, strategies to talk with patients about teen dating violence within the school-based health clinic setting, and harm reduction and other strategies to intervene and assist students who are experiencing violence within a dating relationship.