Reproductive Coercion and Partner Violence: Implications for Clinical Assessment of Unintended Pregnancy

Elizabeth Miller; Jay G Silverman


Expert Rev of Obstet Gynecol. 2010;5(5):511-515. 

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In conclusion, while additional research is needed on this phenomenon of reproductive coercion, the evidence to date suggests that such experiences of male partner attempts to promote pregnancy may be common and may have important implications for the ability of a woman to prevent a pregnancy that she does not want. Provider training on IPV and reproductive coercion combined with additional educational materials to review with clients seeking care are needed to increase awareness of reproductive coercion among young women, ensure her safety in the context of an abusive relationship and reduce the risk for unintended pregnancy. Providers should also nurture close collaborations with on-site social workers and community-based violence prevention advocates to be able to confidently connect women to violence victimization-related resources.


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