b. Violence against Women during Pregnancy


Violence against women often begins during the first pregnancy. All forms of violence can be harmful and must be taken seriously.

There are different types of violence. The following table may help you to recognize the different types.

A female victim of violence may feel anxious and depressed, have no self-esteem, take drugs and alcohol, have difficulty sleeping, and may lose her appetite.

Physical aggression during pregnancy can cause serious injuries to the mother and may cause a premature birth or an insufficient birthweight. Aggression could also lead to broken bones or haemorrhage in the fetus. Some mothers have lost their babies following physical violence.

If you are violent with your partner during her pregnancy, you need help immediately.

Nobody deserves to be treated badly; certainly not your baby. Talk to someone about your feelings and concerns. Inquire about organizations which offer help to violent men. Persons with special training will help you find solutions to end this violence.