Pregnancy & Domestic Violence
It is a sad fact but pregnancy can place some women at increased risk of domestic violence.
In Australia up to 36% of women who experienced domestic or intimate partner violence were pregnant at the time of the violence and for 18% of those women the violence first started whilst they were pregnant. (The ABS Personal Safety Survey 2006)
This suggests that if you have already experienced domestic or intimate partner violence the risk of it continuing if you become pregnant does not necessarily go away.
There is also an increased risk in the period immediately after a baby is born, due to the additional stress that may be placed on a relationship and each partners mental health, wellbeing and lifestyle.
Any violence or trauma during pregnancy can cause adverse or additional risk not only to the mothers emotional and physical health but also increases risks around the health of your unborn baby.
If you are pregnant and have experienced domestic or intimate partner violence in any form and need to talk to someone, please call DVConnect on 1800 811 811.
August 2014 : Women’s Health Queensland Wide in partnership with Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland have developed a web-based resource to assist pregnant and new mums from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.
The resource has information on pregnancy, birthing, parenting, nutrition, emotional wellbeing and links to organisations with relevant information and services for pregnant and new mothers from CALD backgrounds.