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Domestic Violence and Pregnancy 

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✍️Homicide is the leading cause of death among pregnant women in the United States.’ 

✍️50-75% of women abused before pregnancy are abused during pregnancy.

✍️It is estimated that up to 20% of pregnant women experience violence during their pregnancy, making it more common than gestational diabetes or preeclampsia, conditions routinely screened for in pregnant women by physicians.

✍️7% of pregnant homicide victims are killed early (during the first trimester) in the pregnancy.

✍️Women with unintended pregnancies are two to four times more likely to experience physical violence than women with planned pregnancies.

✍️Women who reported having experienced abuse in their relationship were also more likely to report that their pregnancies were unintended.

✍️In some cases, unintended pregnancies resulted directly from physical violence that included marital


✍️Pregnant homicide victims are more likely to be killed with a gun than are homicide victims.

  • National domestic violence hotline: (800) 799-SAFE (7233) or (800) 787-3224 TTY

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