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• Domestic violence is any threatening
behavior, violence, or physical, sexual and/or
emotional abuse between partners.
• Domestic violence during pregnancy can
lead to miscarriages, premature birth, fetal
injury and low birth weight.
• Abuse often continues after the baby is
delivered, through verbal abuse, preventing
the mother from getting a job, or withholding
money to care for the baby.
• 1.5 million women each year are abused by their
• 1 our of 3 women worldwide will be physically
or sexually abused during their lifetime.
• 1/3 of domestic violence starts when a women
• Only 4-8% of pregnant women actually report
violence during pregnancy to the police.
• Domestic violence during pregnancy endangers
both pregnant women and the unborn baby.
A strong advocate for women experiencing abuse
during pregnancy is the March of Dimes Foundation.
Women who report
Maternal deaths occur
when women tell their
• The March of Dimes Foundation works to
improve the health of mothers and babies.
• They teach that abuse can come in many forms.
• Emotional abuse may lead a woman to feel
scared or depressed, eat unhealthy foods, or pick
up bad habits such as smoking and drinking.
about the violence
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Weiss, R. (2013). Domestic violence in pregnancy.
Point of View
• We believe women should not be physically, sexually,
or emotionally harassed or hurt when pregnant.
• This behavior can cause lasting damages to a woman
• The emotional damage can greatly impact the unborn
child as well as the mother.
• A woman and her significant other should enjoy the
pregnancy and be happy that she is expecting.
• Every women should have a safe and healthy
pregnancy, not one where she is being abused and
mistreated due to her significant other.
Violence Against Women Act
• The Violence Against Women Act is a federal law drafted by then-Senator Joe Biden in 1994.
• The act mandates a tough criminal justice response for holding abusers accountable.
• The act also provides support and services for those who experience abuse so they can rebuild
• Although the act was recently renewed, it was heavily opposed by conservative Republicans.
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