Webinar – Reproductive Coercion
February 21, 2018
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Leslie Malkin, BA, JD, DVS
Would you be shocked to know that intimate partner homicide is either the first or second leading cause of death for pregnant women in the United States? Or that pregnant women who experience domestic violence are less likely to seek prenatal care, and experience more pregnancy complications such as low birth rates, anemia, and depression? Roughly 25% of women who report that they are being physically or sexually abused by their intimate partners also report being pressured or forced to become pregnant. Women victimized by their partners are less likely to use birth control, either because of their partner’s unwillingness to use birth control or because their partner demands that they become pregnant. The link between domestic violence and reproductive coercion may explain why women who are abused by their intimate partners are at greater risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and unintended pregnancy. This webinar will define and discuss the dynamics of reproductive control and coercion, address the impact of reproductive control on women’s health, discuss assessment techniques both before and after she is pregnant, and review opportunities for outreach with reproductive health and family planning clinics that can help in the response and prevention of reproductive coercion.