Comment to 'Being Abused? What You Can Do About Domestic Violence.'
  • Signs Of Reproductive Coercion:

    • Refusing to use a condom or other type of birth control
    • Breaking or removing a condom during intercourse
    • Lying about their methods of birth control (ex. lying about having a vasectomy, lying about being on the pill)
    • Refusing to "pull out" if that is the agreed upon method of birth control
    • Forcing you to not use any birth control (ex. the pill, condom, shot, ring, etc.)
    • Removing birth control methods (ex. rings, IUDs, contraceptive patches)
    • Sabotaging birth control methods (ex. poking holes in condoms, tampering with pills or flushing them down the toilet)
    • Withholding finances needed to purchase birth control
    • Monitoring your menstrual cycles
    • Forcing pregnancy and not supporting your decision about when or if you want to have a child
    • Forcing you to get an abortion, or preventing you from getting one
    • Threatening you or acting violent if you don't comply with their wishes to either end or continue a pregnancy
    • Continually keeping you pregnant (getting you pregnant again shortly after you give birth)

    Reproductive coercion can also come in the form of pressure, guilt and shame from an abusive partner.

    Go to this page: The National Domestic Violence Hotline: Reproductive Coercion

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