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Adolescents' Experiences of Dating and Intimate Partner Violence: “Once Is Not Enough”


  • Lisa Scheiman CNM, MS,

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    • Lisa Scheiman, CNM, MS, is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a nurse-midwife in full-scope clinical practice and director of the sexual assault nurse examiner program at the University of Michigan.

  • April M. Zeoli MPH

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    • April Zeoli, MPH, is a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is currently studying injury and violence prevention, with a focus on intimate partner violence

Nurse-Midwifery Service, University of Michigan, 1500 East Medical Center Drive F4835, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.


Pregnant and parenting adolescents represent a significant proportion of the individuals directly affected by intimate partner violence. Although screening tools are useful, it is important to ask very specific questions to open lines of communication with adolescents. This article presents a clinical case that highlights the challenges of screening adolescents for intimate partner violence and offers suggestions for health care providers. Specific examples of screening questions are offered.