Family Law Blog

Domestic Violence Linked to Higher Abortion Rates

Monday, January 13, 2014

According to the results of a new study, as many as a quarter of all women who end up having abortions, are victims of domestic violence. The study was conducted by researchers at Kings College London, and found that there is a possibly strong connection between abortion and domestic violence.

The research was based on the results of 74 studies that were conducted earlier on domestic violence. The earlier studies looked at a possible connection between all types of domestic violence, including physical, sexual, and psychological violence, and abortion rates.

The researchers estimate that worldwide, between 2% and 30% of women who had an abortion, were victims of domestic violence over the previous 12 months. They also estimate that between 14 % and 40% of women in the study who had abortions, were victims of domestic violence at some point in their lives. Overall, according to the research, an estimated 25% of all women worldwide who had abortions had experienced domestic violence.

The study stops short of actually giving a cause-and-effect link between domestic violence and abortion. However, it does raise sufficient questions about the long-term consequences of domestic violence.

If you are currently a victim of domestic violence, you are probably in the most traumatic and stressful period of your life. It is important to understand that you must get legal help for your own safety as well as the safety of others in your care. There are legal protections for victims of intimate partner violence in California, and you must access these protections in order to safeguard your family safety. Those protections include a domestic violence restraining order that can help protect you from violence by restricting your partner’s access to you.