Pregnancy violence risk
PREGNANT women and their unborn babies are increasingly at risk from domestic violence, with researchers finding that pregnancy is a trigger for domestic violence.
One in seven women are too frightened to disclose the abuse, the University of NSW School of Social Services says.
An analysis of the NSW antenatal screening program found that “pregnancy brings additional adverse outcomes for women who experience partner violence, including higher rates of post-natal depression, peri-natal death, low birth weight and pre-term births”.
The report says violence is often not reported due to fear, loss of financial security, shame and self-blame.