Pregnancy vi­o­lence risk

Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

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.

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