Date of Graduation

Summer 8-12-2022

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Dr. Zahra Goliaei


Domestic violence or interpersonal violence (IPV) is a serious public health issue in the United States. IPV is commonly considered to be an issue that occurs in adult relationships. However, most victims of IPV first experience some form of IPV during adolescence, which is known as teen dating violence (TDV). In the United States, TDV impacts about 26% of female and 15% of male adolescents. In Southern California (Orange County) approximately two thirds of adolescents have experienced some form of TDV. This paper examined the literature on existing interventions and strategies which focused on TDV prevention at individual, interpersonal, community/organizational, and policy levels. CDC’s program “Dating Matters: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships” is one of the most prominent interventions targeting TDV, and it includes curriculum to educate youth and their parents. Many of the existing interventions aimed at addressing TVD have been successful. However, enhancing interventions to increase primary prevention of TDV and overall efficacy can help reduce its negative impacts, including adverse mental health outcomes, IPV in adulthood, substance use, and IPV-related deaths. Making modifications to current interventions will also help better address TDV in Orange County, California, and they can hopefully be adopted in other regions of the United States.