Violence against women is a health care problem of epidemic proportions and one that uniquely impacts women of reproductive age. Young women aged 16-24 are particularly at risk. In addition to the immediate trauma caused by abuse, violence contributes to a number of chronic health problems, including depression, alcohol and substance abuse, and sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS. Abuse often limits the ability of women to manage their reproductive health, and abuse during pregnancy has long-lasting effects for women, the developing fetus and newborns. Reproductive health care providers are well positioned to help victims of intimate partner violence by asking about abuse and offering support before the abuse becomes life threatening. This fact sheet provides statistics on the prevalence of violence against pregnant and postpartum women, consequences of such violence, and screening. (Author abstract modified)
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The Facts on Reproductive Health and Violence Against Women.