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Indicator Report - Domestic Violence During the Perinatal Time Period

Why Is This Important?

Many researchers have found that women in their childbearing years are at the greatest risk of domestic violence. Domestic violence during the perinatal time period is of particular concern because research indicates that women who are abused are more likely to have poorer birth outcomes including low birth weight infants, preterm labor, and fetal death. They are also more likely to be involved with high risk behavior such as smoking, drinking, and delaying prenatal care.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends screening all patients for domestic violence, and for women who are pregnant, screening should take place multiple times throughout the pregnancy as well as at the postpartum checkup.

Percentage of Utah Women Who Reported Physical Abuse the Year Before Pregnancy, or During Pregnancy by Race, Utah PRAMS, 2009-2011

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Data Notes

Women were asked the following two questions:
1) During the 12 months before you got pregnant with your new baby, did your husband or partner push, hit, slap,kick, choke, or physically hurt you in any other way?
2) During your most recent pregnancy, did your husband or partner push, hit, slap,kick, choke, or physically hurt you in any other way?

Data Sources

Utah Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), Utah Department of Health.

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Definition

The percentage of women who reported partner associated physical abuse during the 12 months before pregnancy, or during pregnancy, divided by the number of women who delivered a live birth.

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: The number of women who reported physical abuse by their husband/partner during the 12 months before pregnancy, or during pregnancy.
Denominator: The number of women who delivered a live birth.

Page Content Updated On 11/26/2013, Published on 12/30/2013
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Content updated: Mon, 30 Dec 2013 13:13:55 MST