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Domestic Abuse: Reproductive Coercion, Pregnancy & the Unborn Child

Overview: This training is to enable you to understand the complex nature of domestic abuse, reproductive coercion, and pregnancy and how this can impact the lives of families. With legislation and updated definition of domestic abuse, recent statistics of the prevalence of domestic abuse in pregnancy, what is reproductive coercion and recognising behaviours, how to support a woman who is being reproductive coerced, the effects of prenatal abuse, adverse effects domestic abuse may have on an unborn child and parenting, how does toxic stress affect reproductive health and the implications, the impact of the mother – baby relationship, real life case studies and sourcing the appropriate support available for a woman who is being subjected to domestic abuse.

At the end of the training participants will be able to:

  • Identify what is Reproductive Coercion, the health impacts and be able to recognise the signs.
  • Recognise factors that impact prenatal development.
  • Identify how Domestic Abuse affects the mother-baby relationship
  • Respond to a disclosure of Domestic Abuse sensitively and in a way that promotes the safety of victims and families.
  • Locate specialist support that is available for a woman who is being subjected to domestic abuse.

This training is aimed at any health professional whose work brings them into contact with women from the voluntary, statutory, and private sectors. This may include but is not limited to midwifes, health visitors, obstetrician, maternity professionals, doctors, social care, education workers, universities that specialise in health and social care studies, voluntary sector support workers, housing officers, community leaders

Duration: 3 hours

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