October may be pink-washed, but it is also National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Our local courthouse has actually been lit...
October may be pink-washed, but it is also National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Our local courthouse has actually been lit by purple lights in the evening to bring light to the fact that domestic violence is too prevalent in our society and, more specifically our community. Sadly, pregnant women are at risk for domestic violence. Some of the things that might up the stress level in a pregnancy and put a woman at risk for domestic violence are:
- an unplanned pregnancy
- stress regarding finances (which is big right now)
- a jealous partner who doesn't want your attention to be focused on a new baby
- Does your partner always put you down and make me feel bad about yourself?
- Has your partner hit, pushed or otherwise caused you harm?
- Does your partner threaten you, your unborn baby, other members of your family or even him?
- Does your partner tell you that it's YOUR fault that he hits you?
- Is your partner getting increasingly more violent?
- Has your partner promised to never hurt you again... but has?
Domestic violence towards mothers during pregnancy significantly raises the risk of death for their children during the earliest stages of childhoodIf you want to protect your child, now or after she is born, you need to seek help. It's not easy. But it's worth it in the end. Here are some resources for you to consider. Most websites on the topic of domestic violence have an "escape" button if someone is coming into the room where you are researching the topic. Also be sure to read about Internet safety when researching this topic.
- TheHotline.org - 1.800.799.SAFE (7233)
- National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence
- Violence Unsilenced - A blog with stories from survivors.