Domestic violence and pregnancy

For many women pregnancy is a time of happiness and anticipation. But pregnancy can also be a risk factor for domestic violence.

20% of women in Refuge’s services are pregnant or have recently given birth

Refuge Performance Report, 2017-18

It is estimated that four to nine in every 100 pregnant women are abused during their pregnancy or soon after the birth

Angela Taft (2002)

There is a link between abuse during pregnancy and a woman’s chance of being killed by her perpetrator

J. McFarlane et al. (2002)

Domestic violence during pregnancy puts a pregnant woman and her unborn child in danger. It increases the risk of miscarriage, infection, premature birth, low birth weight, foetal injury and foetal death.

If you are pregnant and being abused, Refuge can help you. Your abusive partner is not only potentially endangering your life, but also the life of your unborn baby. Please call the Freephone 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge.