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Domestic Violence And Pregnancy

Double the Danger Twice the Threat

The Facts:
•Pregnant and recently pregnant women are more likely to be victims of homicide than any
other cause of death.
•A significant proportion of all female homicide victims are killed by their intimate partners.
•Domestic violence during pregnancy puts your life and the life of your baby at risk.
•Domestic violence is the number one cause of injury to women.
•Abusive partners do not stop their violence after the baby is born.
•Abusive partners do not become good fathers after the baby is born.

Domestic violence can happen to anyone: women of all ages, races, religions, educational
backgrounds, income levels, and in every part of the county. You are not alone and it is not
your fault.

If you are a victim of domestic violence and are pregnant, you and your baby are at high risk
of injury or murder.

No matter what form of domestic violence your abusive partner has chosen to use against
you, he is affecting the emotional and physical welfare of yourself and your baby. It is also
important to note that after the baby is born your abusive partner is not going to stop abusing
you or your newborn. Abusive partners do not magically become good fathers after the baby
is born. In fact, domestic violence is the number one predictor of child abuse.

Physical Effects of Violence During Pregnancy:

(From the American Medical Association)
•Insufficient weight gain
•Vaginal/Cervical/Kidney infections
•Vaginal bleeding
•Abdominal trauma
•Hemorrhage
•Increase of chronic illness
•Complications during labor
•Delayed prenatal care
•Miscarriage
•Low birth weight
•Ruptured membranes
•Separation of the placenta
•Uterine infection
•Fetal bruising, fractures, and blood clots

Other Risks:

(More specifically to mom)
•Stress
•Depression
•Alcohol and drug abuse
•Physical injuries
•Suicide
•Murder

You and your baby are at risk of emotional and physical harm
EST. 2007