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Domestic violence

One in four women experience domestic abuse or domestic violence at some point in their lives. This may be physical, sexual, emotional or psychological abuse. Thirty percent of this abuse starts in pregnancy, and existing abuse may get worse during pregnancy or after giving birth. Domestic abuse during pregnancy puts you and your unborn child in danger. It increases the risk of miscarriage, infection, premature birth, and injury or death to the baby.

If you are pregnant and being abused, help is available for you. You can speak in confidence to:

  • Your GP
  • Your midwife
  • Your obstetrician
  • Your health visitor
  • Your social worker

Or you can call the confidential 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247. This helpline is free, and run in partnership between Refuge and Women's Aid. If you are in immediate danger call 999.

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