May 16, 2011

Title: Promoting Healthy Relationships: Strategies to Respond to Domestic Violence and Reproductive Coercion and Its Implications for Unplanned and Rapid Repeat Pregnancy
Date & Time: Monday, May 16, 2011, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT

Description: One in four adult women and one in five teens girls report experiencing physical and/or sexual dating violence at some point in their lifetime. Victims of violence are more likely to suffer long-term negative health consequences, including unplanned pregnancy, poor pregnancy outcomes and sexually transmitted infections as well as depression, and substance abuse. Studies are also uncovering high rates of reproductive coercion (which includes pregnancy pressure and direct birth control interference in an attempt to impregnate a partner against her will) which has serious implications for efforts to prevent unplanned and rapid repeat pregnancy. However, there are interventions that are helping to identify domestic violence and reproductive coercion, increase safety and decrease risk for unplanned pregnancy and STIs.

In this session, presenters will give an overview of the research on violence and its impact on health and will offer promising programs on how to respond. Specific clinic based interventions will be featured as well as strategies for adapting these tools for community and school based settings. Presenters will also offer strategies and resources on how to collaborate with domestic/sexual violence programs in ways that better support the staff in your program and provide stronger linkages to help young women exposed to domestic violence. Tools and resources for health care providers, perinatal and community based programs will also be shared.


  • Tarsha Cavanaugh, PhD, MSW, LGSW, Health Resources and Services Administration Office of Women’s Health
  • Marylouise Kelley, PhD, Director, Family Violence Prevention & Services Program
  • Rebecca Levenson, Senior Policy Analyst, Futures Without Violence

Slides: Click Here