Women’s Health – Reduce Reproductive Coercion and Intimate Partner Violence

Women’s Health – Reduce Reproductive Coercion and Intimate Partner Violence

SPEAKER 1: One in three
women around the world will face physical or
sexual gender-based violence in her lifetime. Right here in the United
States, over one-third of women experience abuse at the
hands of intimate partners. And upwards of 60%
of women’s homicides are perpetrated by partners. These include husbands,
certainly, but also boyfriends and dating partners,
especially for adolescents. When we think about the
health consequences of abuse, we often think about injury,
homicide, and physical trauma. And what surprises
many are the links of violence with poor sexual
and reproductive health. So women who have
experienced abuse suffer higher rates of
unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted infection,
including HIV. And this is, in part,
through abusive partners’ control over contraception
and over condom use. So what are we doing? In collaboration with our
national partners at Futures Without Violence,
we are strengthening the support network
for women at risk for and experiencing abuse. We’re training health care
providers in an enhanced gender-based violence
screening program– one that not only asks
about abuse, but helps women recognize violence, including
that coercive and controlling behavior that can give way to
more severe forms of abuse. We connect women
with support services that can help with safety
planning and harm reduction. Through a national initiative
supported by the Office on Women’s Health,
we’re partnering with the Maryland
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
with the House of Ruth Maryland and Planned Parenthood
to implement this model and evaluate it right
here in Maryland. And we’re building it out
to see if we can similarly support women that
are seeking care for sexually transmitted
infections, including HIV. And finally, with support
from the Johns Hopkins Center for AIDS Research,
we’re adapting this model for women who trade sex,
including those that are trafficked for exploitation. These populations
in particular are at high risk in
terms of violence, but are very often underserved. So we’re helping them identify
harm reduction strategies and obtain the help
that they need.

One comment

  1. Men are more likely to experience reproductive coercion. Don't make it sound like a one gender issue.

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