Domestic violence during pregnancy

Most couples settle disagreements through discussion and negotiation without either partner resorting to physical or psychological abuse. But in some relationships, one partner tries to control the other and uses violence to resolve conflicts.

Some women experience domestic violence during pregnancy. In fact, one in ten women report being victims of violence at least once during the period surrounding their pregnancy. In most of these cases, domestic violence continues after the baby is born.

Examples of domestic violence

Your partner

  • Constantly criticizes your tastes and abilities
  • Puts down your family and friends, or forbids you from seeing them
  • Monitors your movements or your activities and communications (calls, text messages, emails)
  • Forces you to have sex, even if you don’t want to
  • Pushes or shoves you
  • Threatens to hurt you or your children
  • Gives you no say in financial decisions or controls your spending

All forms of violence—psychological, verbal, physical, sexual, or economic—can have serious repercussions on your health and that of your child.

Essential information to rememberSince violence rarely stops on its own, it is important for your safety and the safety of your child to break your silence and talk to someone you trust who can provide support.

Shame or fear of being judged can keep some victims of violence isolated.

You can contact your CLSC or Info-Social (8-1-1, option 2) to get help from a health professional. They can provide psychological and social services or refer you to other resources in your area.

SOS violence conjugale
24/7 bilingual helpline
1-800-363-9010
514-873-9010
www.sosviolenceconjugale.ca (in French only)