Research shows that over a third of domestic abuse starts or gets worse during pregnancy.  As well as dangers to the mother, abuse during pregnancy can cause a number of complications including miscarriage.

Midwives are trained to ask pregnant women about any abuse in their relationships and this page and videos from the NHS explains more http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/domestic-abuse-pregnant.aspx

You can download a leaflet below for more information about pregnancy and domestic abuse.

You can find leaflets about effects of domestic abuse on children of all ages on our Parenting page.

There is also information on the Refuge website http://www.refuge.org.uk/get-help-now/what-is-domestic-violence/domestic-violence-and-pregnancy/