Journal article

A conceptual re-evaluation of reproductive coercion: centring intent, fear and control

Laura Tarzia, Kelsey Hegarty

REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH | BMC | Published : 2021


BACKGROUND: Reproductive coercion and abuse (RCA) is a hidden form of violence against women. It includes behaviours intended to control or dictate a woman's reproductive autonomy, for the purpose of either preventing or promoting pregnancy. MAIN TEXT: In this commentary, we argue that there is a lack of conceptual clarity around RCA that is a barrier to developing a robust evidence base. Furthermore, we suggest that there is a poor understanding of the way that RCA intersects with other types of violence (intimate partner violence; sexual violence) and-as a result-inconsistent definition and measurement in research and healthcare practice. To address this, we propose a new way of understand..

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