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Digital Forms of Dating Violence: What School Nurses Need To Know

NCJ Number
NASN School Nurse Dated: August 2016
Date Published
August 2016
6 pages

This article presents an overview of recent research on the context and consequences of cyber dating abuse and outlines several suggestions for prevention and intervention, with attention to the role of school nurses as first responders in such cases.


A substantial amount of U.S. teenagers experience physical or sexual abuse within their romantic relationships. With recent technological advances, teenage dating violence can also be perpetrated digitally by harassing or controlling a romantic partner through the Internet or mobile phone. School nurses are naturally positioned to act as first responders for victims of an abusive romantic relationship. As online and offline forms of dating violence are often intertwined, it is imperative that school nurses are able to identify different types of digital dating violence as this could signal the presence of offline forms of dating abuse. Therefore, being able to interpret potential warning signs could help school nurses to play an active role in the prevention and intervention of different types of dating violence. 20 references (Publisher abstract modified)

Date Published: August 1, 2016