Women with unintended pregnancies are two to four times more likely to experience physical violence than those whose pregnancies were planned, and those who experience abuse are at increased risk for pregnancy complications and poor birth outcomes. Research finds homicide is the leading cause of death among pregnant women - with Black women, Native American and Alaska Native women, and younger women bearing a disproportionate burden of those deaths. At the same time, domestic violence and sexual assault hotlines have seen a sharp rise in requests for help over the past two years – pointing to a need to further support victim services. During the pandemic, children and youth were half of the callers to the national sexual assault hotline. Youth are often estranged from reproductive health care in general, and the intersection of abuse and lack of reproductive health care can result in untreated STIs, unplanned pregnancies and miscarriages, and long-term physical and mental health impacts. The connection between violence and reproductive health has far reaching consequences for our communities.
We’ll hear from the following speakers:
• Jennifer Villavicencio, MD, MPP, FACOG, Lead for Equity Transformation, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
• Maeve Wallace, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology, Tulane University
• Virginia Duplessis, MSW, Director, National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence, Futures Without Violence
• Sandra Henriquez, MBA, CEO, VALOR
• Shanna Cox, MSPH, Associate Director, Division of Reproductive Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
• (Moderator) Camille Burnett, Ph.D., MPA, Chair, National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse