Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Teen Dating Violence: Old Disease in a New World

TitleTeen Dating Violence: Old Disease in a New World
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsMurray A, Azzinaro I
JournalClinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Start Page25
Date Published03/2019
Type of ArticleJournal
KeywordsAdolescent Medicine, emergency medicine, Intimate partner violence, teen dating violence

Teen dating violence (TDV) is an underrecognized and significant public health problem that affects millions of adolescents each year. Many teens seek care in the emergency department (ED) for their injuries due to TDV, and are at risk for negative short- and long-term outcomes. With a better understanding by ED clinicians of normal adolescent development, as well as the impact of TDV on the health and safety of teen patients, the ED setting can serve as an effective site for both intervention and violence prevention. This article provides an overview of the importance of this issue, the impact of technology and social media on TDV, and best practices for ED screening, documentation, and referral.