In the US, up to 36% of women are directly affected by intimate partner violence (IPV) at some point in their lives and 9% of women by reproductive coercion (RC), placing women at risk of unintended pregnancies and abortions. The University of California, Irvine, Women’s Option Center and the Orange County Women’s Health Project will conduct a symposium for women’s health providers and family violence advocates in spring 2017 to share insights about the association between IPV, RC and unintended pregnancies.
This symposium will provide insights on the associations between IPV, RC, and unintended pregnancies, as well as facilitate collaboration between healthcare providers and family violence advocates in addressing these issues. Speakers will address latest epidemiologic data; the role of the family planning provider in identifying family violence, birth control sabotage, and RC; dating violence and teen pregnancy; and best practice models. This symposium is intended for health care providers, family planning clinicians, domestic violence advocates, social workers, therapists, and students.