Dating violence and teen pregnancy are intricately linked. Research indicates that teen girls who are in abusive relationships are at a greater risk of becoming pregnant. Also, for many teens, the violence and abusive behaviors begin or increase at the time that they become pregnant. Understanding and responding to some of the unique needs of those who are abused during and after pregnancy can greatly impact the services you provide, as well as the health and safety of pregnant and parenting teens.
This issue brief discusses the link between dating violence and pregnancy among teens and provides guidance for screening and responding to pregnant teens in violent relationships.