Lagniappe

When Partner Abuse Isn’t a Bruise but a Pregnant Belly

“Partner violence is not just about hitting,” says Patti Giggans, executive director of Peace Over Violence, noting how long it took to raise awareness that “partner violence” occurs at all. Now another alarm must be sounded, she says:  “Sexual coercion is the most secretive part.”…

…”We have to treat pregnancy itself as a warning sign,” says Murray. “I always tell other counselors that I’m training, ‘When you see a pregnant teen girl, always, always assess for an abusive relationship, because 99 percent of the time, that will be the case.'”…

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