If your partner is violent
Domestic abuse or domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, psychological or financial. It is often a combination of these.
Pregnancy can be a trigger for domestic abuse, 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.
It can also cause emotional and mental health problems, such as stress and anxiety, which can affect the development of the baby.
If you're pregnant and being abused, get help. You can speak in confidence to a:
- health visitor
- social worker
Information about you will not be shared with other services without your permission, unless there's a concern that your unborn child or other children in your family, or someone else, is at risk of serious harm.
You can also get support from:
Immediate action required: Call 999 now if:
You are in immediate danger.
Video: Why am I being asked about domestic abuse?
In this video, a midwife explains why you are being asked about domestic abuse when pregnant.
Media review due: 14 March 2026