Pregnancy and baby

Domestic abuse

Why am I being asked about domestic abuse?

Media last reviewed: 20/03/2014

Next review due: 20/03/2016

If your partner is violent

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 per cent 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.

Find out about recognising the signs of domestic abuse.

Getting help

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

  • your GP
  • midwife
  • obstetrician
  • health visitor
  • 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 by Refuge and Women's Aid. If you are in immediate danger, call 999.

Find out more about getting help if you are experiencing domestic abuse.


Domestic violence

Two women describe their experiences of domestic abuse. Find out how they found the strength and support to move on. Contact the National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247 if you need more advise or look for support in your local area.

Media last reviewed: 04/09/2013

Next review due: 04/09/2015

Page last reviewed: 21/03/2013

Next review due: 21/03/2015


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