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Reproductive Coercion and Legal Recognition: Views of Domestic Violence Support Workers and Lawyers

H Douglas, N Sheeran, L Tarzia

International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy | Queensland University of Technology | Published : 2020


Reproductive coercion is increasingly recognised as a common part of women's experiences of domestic violence. The term refers to behaviour that aims to compromise a woman's control over her reproductive choices. It includes coercing a woman to become pregnant or to terminate a pregnancy and sabotaging contraception. There is no Australian research exploring how domestic violence support and legal services understand and respond to reproductive coercion when it is raised. Drawing on focus group discussions, this article questions the use of the terminology 'reproductive coercion' suggesting that 'reproductive abuse' may be more accessible. The article finds that the response to reproductive ..

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