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(PIC)turing Pregnancy - Partner Violence

One in four women in the U.S. have experienced partner violence at some point, you don’t have to feel alone.

 

Ask yourself:

Have you ever felt unsafe around your partner?

Have you been physically hurt such as slapped, hit, kicked, etc. by someone?

Have you been forced to engage in sexual activities that you did not want to do or made you feel uncomfortable?

Have you been physically or emotionally hurt by the person you are in a relationship with?

Does your partner want you to get pregnant in the next year, but you don’t?

 

Did you answer yes to any of these questions? You are most likely a victim of intimate partner violence (IPV).

 

What is it? IPV can come in many forms: physical violence such as kicking or hitting, sexual violence (when any type of sexual act occurs without consent from all people involved), threats using gestures, weapons etc. and emotional abuse which includes a wide range of behaviors.

 

Impact:

  • IPV typically increases with time and can lead to severe injuries, disability or death.

  • It may also result in mental health disorders, sleep and eating disorders.

  • IPV also pushes people towards unhealthy mechanisms of coping such as alcohol, drugs or self-harm.

  • If you plan to get pregnant or are pregnant, IPV could result in a miscarriage or an injury to the child.

Recommendation:

  • You may want to develop a safety plan in case any of these events occur again. There are lots of resources that can help you with that.

  • If your partner wants you to be pregnant within the next year but you do not, there are methods of birth control that can be used to prevent the pregnancy without your partner knowing. Remember it is your body and you have the ultimate choice of if you want to be pregnant or not.

  • Sexual violence doesn’t have to come from a person you are in a relationship with, it can come from all places. Futures Without Violence is a recommended resource that breaks down resources by age group, workplace, college, etc. Check it out here: https://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/

  • If you are a person who has a loved one in a violent relationship or is at risk of sexual assault it may be time to do something about it, watch these videos and get inspired! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j70ha1PUlqk and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLdElcv5qqc

 

If you need help right now you, can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline which offers 24hr counseling 1-800-799-7233  http://www.thehotline.org/


If you are in Ohio, call the Ohio Domestic Violence Network
1-800-934-9840

 

Check out the webpage from Ohio Department of Health that has lots of information and resources

http://www.helpmegrow.ohio.gov/Resources/Understanding%20Intimate%20Partner%20Violence.aspx

Intimate Partner Violence and Homicide in Ohio

http://www.odh.ohio.gov/-/media/ODH/ASSETS/Files/health/injury-prevention/Intimate-Partner-Violence-and-Homicide-in-Ohio---Final.pdf?la=en 


Ohio Domestic Violence Network-
http://www.odvn.org/


Violence Prevention
- https://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/index.html


Page Updated: 8/7/2017