AMERICA'S AWARENESS of and anxiety about violence has increased in the wake of September's terrorist attacks. Suddenly, we wonder when other acts of violence might occur. We balance the need to go on with our lives with concern about how to best protect ourselves and our children. These feelings of dread and uncertainty, however, are not new to the millions who experience intimate partner violence, and are not confined to adults. Recent research has shown that intimate partner violence is a common experience among adolescents.1 Population- and clinic-based surveys have shown that there are significant associations between violence and reproductive health problems, including adolescent pregnancy, unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease, and low-birth-weight infants.2- 4 The few studies that have included adolescents suggest that teens are at even greater risk for abuse than are adults.
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