Project Connect Idaho’s vision is that adolescents seeking health services will be provided with guidance on healthy relationships and a safe environment for supportive, routine assessment of adolescent relationship abuse, sexual violence, and reproductive coercion. And in the event of abuse, adolescent health care providers will effectively respond with trauma-informed services and provide support through meaningful collaborations with community-based domestic and sexual violence programs.
Project Connect Idaho will connect health care providers and local domestic and sexual violence programs. Health care providers have a critical opportunity to provide information on healthy relationships in a safe, supportive, and confidential setting, and identify and support adolescents experiencing relationship abuse, sexual violence, or reproductive coercion.
Unhealthy adolescent relationships are associated with risk factors and unsafe health-related behaviors including, but not limited to, having sex earlier, increased sexual partners, STIs, unwanted pregnancy, eating disorders, drug, alcohol, and tobacco use and abuse, and mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
The Idaho Coalition will be building the capacity of healthcare providers and domestic and sexual violence programs to enhance health care and screening for adolescents who have experienced unhealthy or abusive relationships or sexual assault.
National Dating Abuse Helpline at 1-866-331-9474 (1-866-331-84 53 TTY), visit www.loveisrespect.org, or chat online from 4pm-12am CST. You can launch the live chat by clicking LIVE CHAT bubble.