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Reproductive coercion often is accompanied by physical or sexual violence, study finds
Date:1/24/2010

t with ever told you not to use any birth control" or " said he would leave you if you would not get pregnant?"
  • "Has someone you were dating or going out with ever taken off the condom while you were having sex so that you would get pregnant?"

    Approximately one in five young women said they experienced pregnancy coercion and 15 percent said they experienced birth control sabotage. Over half the respondents 53 percent said they had experienced physical or sexual violence from an intimate partner. More than a third of the women who reported partner violence 35 percent also reported either pregnancy coercion or birth control sabotage.

    "We have known about the association between partner violence and unintended pregnancy for many years," said Jay Silverman, the study's senior author and an associate professor of society, human development and health in the Harvard School of Public Health. "What this study shows is that reproductive coercion likely explains why unintended pregnancies are far more common among abused women and teens."

    The study authors said the research underscores the importance of educating women seeking care about reproductive coercion, and ensuring that women who are seeking reproductive health services are offered counseling on ways to prevent pregnancy that are less vulnerable to partner interference, as well as connected to domestic violence-related services. The study also highlights the importance of working with young men to prevent both violence against female partners and coercion around pregnancy.

    "This study confirms that women experiencing partner violence are more likely to have greater need for sexual and reproductive health services," Miller said. "Thus, clinical settings that offer reproductive health services likely offer the greatest opportunity to identify women experiencing partner violence and to ensure that women receive the counseling and support they may need." Comprehensive ass
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  • Contact: Phyllis Brown
    phyllis.brown@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu
    916-734-9023
    University of California - Davis - Health System
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