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Are you pregnant and in an abusive relationship?

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Pregnancy can be a stressful time. It can bring out the best in people who are ready to be by you and your baby’s side. Unfortunately, it also can bring out the worst in people. Studies show that about 16 percent of all pregnant women report being physically abused by a partner and 36 percent report verbal abuse. Some researchers have estimated that more than 300,000 pregnant women annually in the United States experience intimate partner violence. 

Domestic violence puts your health at risk and your unborn baby’s health at risk. And that is unacceptable. 

If you fear you may be in an abusive relationship, the March of Dimes suggests you ask yourself the following questions: 

  • Has my partner caused me physical pain? 

  • Does my partner always seem to put me down and make me feel bad about myself? 

  • Does my partner physically threaten me or others close to me? 

  • Does my partner threaten to harm himself? 

  • Does my partner blame me for his decisions and actions? 

  • Has my partner promised to never hurt me again, but still does? 

  • Is my partner becoming more violent? 

If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” you may be in an unhealthy situation. 

There is help locally. If you need advice or someone to talk with, call: 

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