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.
Data NotesWomen were asked the following four questions:
1) During the 12 months before you got pregnant, did an ex-husband or ex-partner push, hit, slap kick, choke, or physically hurt you in any other way?
2) During the 12 months before you got pregnant, were you physically hurt in any way by your husband or partner?
3) During your most recent pregnancy, did an ex-husband or ex-partner push, hit, slap, kick, choke, or physically hurt you in any other way?
4) During your most recent pregnancy, were you physically hurt in any way by your husband or partner?
Data SourcesUtah Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS), Utah Department of Health.
DefinitionThe 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
Page Content Updated On 03/15/2010, Published on 08/28/2012