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What is intimate partner abuse in pregnancy?

Intimate partner abuse is an encompassing term that can include physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. Women who are pregnant are at higher risk of being abused. If a woman is already being abused and becomes pregnant, the abuse can escalate.

Screening for abuse should occur at every prenatal visit. The screening can be as simple as asking whether the woman feels safe in the relationship she's in. If a screening is positive for abuse, referrals to community resources, such as shelters and counseling can be made.

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