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NCJ Number: 229560 Find in a Library
Title: Keeping Up a Front: Narratives About Intimate Partner Violence, Pregnancy, and Antenatal Care
Journal: Violence Against Women  Volume:16  Issue:2  Dated:February 2010  Pages:189-206
Author(s): Kerstin E. Edin; Lars Dahlgren; Ann Lalos; Ulf Hogberg
Date Published: February 2010
Page Count: 18
Document: HTML (Publisher Site)
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines the complex situation of being pregnant while living with an abusive partner.
Abstract: Nine women who had been subjected to severe intimate partner violence during pregnancy narrated their ambiguous and contradictory feelings and the various balancing strategies they used to overcome their complex and difficult situations. Because allowing anyone to come close posed a threat, the women mostly denied the situation and kept up a front to hide the violence from others. Three women disclosed ongoing violence to the midwives, but only one said such disclosure was helpful. This article highlights the complexity of being pregnant when living with an abusive partner and challenges antenatal care policies from the perspective of pregnant women. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Domestic assault
Index Term(s): Abused women; Abusing spouses; Domestic relations; Medical and dental services; Pregnant women
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