The information below is meant only as a starting place for pediatric medical home teams to begin addressing teen dating violence. In no way are these resources exhaustive. An overall statement that can be used to start the discussion is "We have a better understanding today of the negative effects that exposure to violence has on children and adolescents, such that I now talk to all of my families about exposure to violence." For more background on using the materials below, go to the Overview.
Framing the Question
Have there been any new boyfriends/girlfriends? How has that changed life for you? Do you feel safe with that person?
Actions to Take
- Help them identify an adult at school they can trust.
- Help them identify friends who can be allies.
- Encourage them: Their partner should treat them with respect and they should not be afraid of that person.
Tools to Educate
Related AAP Policy and Publications
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