While pregnancy is such a loving and connecting time for most relationships, for some it can be a very dangerous time as well, in the form of domestic violence against the mother and her unborn child.
What is Domestic Violence.
Dating/Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner. The core of dating violence is power and control. Abusive words and actions are the tools that an abusive partner uses to gain and maintain power and control over their partner.
Know the facts, about domestic violence while pregnant.
According to the website What to expect, Intimate partner violence may begin or intensify during pregnancy, when having a baby triggers unexpectedly negative emotions in a woman’s partner (from anger to jealousy to being trapped). In some cases, unfortunately, those emotions play out against the mother and her unborn baby.
How common is this
The statistics are alarming: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 22 percent of women suffer at least one instance of severe physical violence at the hands of an intimate partner at some point in their lives. A report by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) says that as many as 324,000 pregnant women — or about 8 percent — suffer abuse in the United States each year. What’s more, homicide, usually committed by an intimate partner, has been pinpointed as a leading cause of death during pregnancy. In fact a 2011 study found that pregnancy-associated homicide claimed more lives than many obstetric complications, including hemorrhage and preeclampsia — and that intimate partners were linked to nearly half of those deaths. (source:what to expect)
How can we help?
We know that this is a very hard decision to make when the person you love is the person that’s also hurting you. We also know that you also want to protect the life of your unborn child as well. If your in immediate danger now please call 911.
Some of our resources
We provide classes on what a healthy relationship looks like for youth and adults, on the topics of dating violence, domestic violence and campus sexual assault. Contact us if you would like to know more about these awareness classes.