Published: February, 2014| Lisa James

Reproductive coercion is a relatively new concept in the field—simply defined, it is when a partner is trying to get a woman pregnant against her will or control the outcome of a pregnancy through threats, intimidation or by tampering with contraceptive (birth control) methods. Emergency Contraception (also known as EC or the “morning after pill”) can be taken up to 5 days after unintended/unwanted sex to prevent pregnancy by a perpetrator. Various domestic violence programs across the country have been integrating assessment for reproductive coercion and helping survivors get EC during intake or within a 24-hour time period after arrival to shelter. For some programs, this was simple to implement, others experienced some resistance and confusion. This webinar explores successes, barriers, and promising practices.