Did you know that intimate partner violence can directly impact a woman’s reproductive and sexual health — increasing risk for unintended pregnancies and abortions, miscarriage and HIV/AIDS infection?
With nearly one in three women at risk for abuse in her lifetime, domestic violence is more common than preeclamplsia and hypertension — both commonly addressed during pregnancy. Yet women are rarely asked about their experience with abuse or given information about the links between violence and their health.
Futures Without Violence is working to transform reproductive health care and improve responses to women facing abuse through its tools and programs:
- Addressing Intimate Partner Violence, Reproductive and Sexual Coercion: A Guide for Obstetric, Gynecologic and Reproductive Health Care Settings
- ACOG Committee Opinion on Intimate Partner Violence
- ACOG Committee Opinion on Reproductive and Sexual Coercion
- Making the Connection: Intimate Partner Violence and Public Health, an evidence-based PowerPoint training tool distills the most recent data and promising practices on the health impact of violence.
- Clinical and patient education tools: pregnancy wheel for providers, reproductive health safety cards, and reproductive health safety cards specifically for American Indian/Alaskan Native women.
- Read The Facts about Reproductive Health and Violence Against Women
- Read The Facts on Adolescent Pregnancy, Reproductive Risk and Exposure to Dating and Family Violence
- Teach your patients about the impact violence has on their pregnancy and health: Safe Pregnancy
- Project Connect: A Coordinated Public Health Initiative to Prevent Violence against Women
- Research Study Addressing Reproductive Coercion, released in the January, 2011 issue of Contraception sheds light on the form of abuse in which men use coercion and birth control sabotage to cause their partners to become pregnant against their wills.
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Tell OB-GYNs to look for Reproductive Coercion
This video depicts an interaction between a healthcare provider and a patient about a positive pregnancy test, including options counseling and assessment for possible partner retaliation.