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NCJ Number: 229921 Find in a Library
Title: Violence Against Pregnant Women: Prevalence, Patterns, Risk Factors, Theories, and Directions for Future Research
Journal: Aggression and Violent Behavior  Volume:15  Issue:1  Dated:January/Febraury 2010  Pages:14-35
Author(s): Tamara L. Taillieu; Douglas A. Brownridge
Date Published: January 2010
Page Count: 22
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper examines the prevalence, patterns, risk factors, and theories of pregnancy violence.
Abstract: Violence against women is a global concern, and it is estimated that one in every five women will experience some form of violence in their lifetime (World Health Organization, 2005). Violence during pregnancy is of special concern due to the potential negative consequences to both the mother and her unborn child. This paper examines and consolidates findings from the extant research concerning the prevalence of violence against pregnant women, the nature and patterns of violence experienced by pregnant women, the factors that place women at risk for experiencing pregnancy violence, and the theories that may contribute to a better understanding of the violence directed at this specific vulnerable population. A number of areas that warrant attention in future research are discussed to address gaps in the extant literature that, if overcome, would facilitate a better understanding of violence against pregnant women. Tables, figure, and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Pregnant women
Index Term(s): Female victims; Females; Violence; Violence causes; Violence prediction
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