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Intimate Violence in Adolescent Relationships Recognizing and Intervening

Seimer, Belinda S. MSN, RN, CFNP

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: March-April 2004 - Volume 29 - Issue 2 - p 117-121
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Women in the United States are more likely to be assaulted, injured, raped, or killed by an intimate partner or expartner than by any other perpetrator. Adolescents who are exposed to violence in their family of origin are at risk for violence in their own future relationships. This article provides an overview of the subject of intimate violence in adolescent relationships. The author suggests that it is critical for providers to advocate for patients by routinely inquiring about intimate violence at each healthcare visit and assisting the patient to resolution.

Nurses who work with adolescents have a unique opportunity to form bonds, to assess for risk, and to intervene when dangerous relationships exist.

Belinda S. Seimer is a Clinical Instructor, The Ohio State University College of Nursing, and a Family Nurse Practitioner in Adolescent Health Services, Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH. She can be reached c/o College of Nursing, The Ohio State University, 1585 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210 (

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.