Women's perceptions of how pregnancy influences the context of intimate partner violence.


Stöckl, H; Gardner, F; (2013) Women's perceptions of how pregnancy influences the context of intimate partner violence. Culture, health & sexuality, 15 (10). pp. 1206-20. ISSN 1369-1058 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13691058.2013.813969

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Abstract

: Intimate partner violence during pregnancy is receiving increased attention because of its high prevalence and health effects. Still, little is known about women's perceptions on how their pregnancy influences the context in which intimate partner violence occurs. We conducted 19 in-depth interviews with women who had experienced intimate partner violence around the time of pregnancy. Women clearly perceived pregnancy as a turning point, because it created new expectations and a feeling of being overwhelmed. This led to violence by reducing women's acceptance of their partner's unemployment, alcohol abuse and lack of relationship commitment, or by increasing women's vulnerability because they felt too young to raise a child alone. Pregnancy also led to violence by bringing back childhood memories or by taking attention away from their partners. Understanding how pregnancy influences the context in which intimate partner violence occurs is important to provide abused, pregnant women with the services they need.<br/>

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Global Health and Development
Research Centre: Gender Violence and Health Centre
Social and Mathematical Epidemiology (SaME)
PubMed ID: 23905872
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/1126629

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