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Systematic review and meta-analysis
Review: intimate partner violence is associated with termination of pregnancy
  1. Tamara L Taillieu1,
  2. Douglas A Brownridge2
  1. 1Applied Health Sciences Program, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  2. 2Family Social Sciences, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  1. Correspondence to: Tamara L Taillieu, Applied Health Sciences Program, University of Manitoba, 35 Chancellor's Circle, Winnipeg, MB, Canada R3T 2N2; umtailli{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • Healthcare professionals need to be aware of high rates of intimate partner violence (IPV) among women seeking termination of pregnancy.

  • Pregnancy termination services may be an appropriate setting for interventions aimed at reducing IPV.

  • Future research must determine the magnitude of the relationship between IPV and pregnancy termination, the mechanisms through which IPV leads to pregnancy termination, and the long-term effects of IPV and pregnancy termination on women and their partners.


It has been estimated that one in five women will experience some form of IPV in their lifetime.1 It has also been estimated that 42 million women undergo pregnancy termination each year, often under unsafe conditions. …

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