Rebecca Levenson, MA, Consultant and Former Senior Policy Analyst for Futures Without Violence
One in four adult women and one in five teens girls report experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV) at some point in their lifetime. Studies are also uncovering high rates of reproductive coercion (pregnancy pressure and direct birth control interference) which can undermine efforts to prevent unplanned and rapid repeat pregnancy. Fortunately, there are interventions and prevention strategies that can help providers identify violence in relationships and reproductive coercion, increase safety and decrease patient risk for unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
This session will review the research on IPV, its impact on health, and offer clinic based interventions to help patients exposed to domestic or dating violence achieve better sexual and reproductive health outcomes. Strategies for health centers to build effective collaborations with local domestic violence programs and develop stronger linkages will also be discussed.
Who should attend?
- Family Planning Counselors
- Medical Assistants
- Health Educators
- Health Center Managers + Directors
After this webinar participants will be able to:
- List two long term reproductive health impacts of reproductive coercion and intimate partner violence.
- Define reproductive coercion.
- Implement a brochure-based intervention to provide universal education on healthy relationships, assess for reproductive coercion and intimate partner violence, and offer harm reduction strategies if abuse is disclosed.
- Provide a "warm referral" to local and national intimate partner violence resources for patients who have experienced violence.