A review of existing scientific literature on the association between domestic violence and high abortion rates, finds that as many as 25% of all women who have had abortions have a history of domestic violence.
The review was conducted by researchers at Kings College London, and the findings were published recently in the journal PLOS Medicine. The review was based on analysis of as many as 74 studies that probed a possible link between domestic violence, and women who have had abortions.
The study’s findings were disturbing to San Jose family lawyers, to say the least. According to the study, across the world, between 2% and 30% of all women who had an abortion had been victims of domestic violence at some point during the previous 12 months. Between 14 % and 40%, also had been victims of domestic violence at some point in their lives. Overall, the study estimates that a quarter of all women worldwide who have had an abortion, have also been victims of domestic violence. Domestic violence in this case, includes not just physical violence, but also emotional, psychological and sexual violence.
The study however, doesn’t confirm for sure that a history of domestic violence absolutely does contribute to a higher risk for abortion.
Victims of domestic violence can ask for a restraining order to limit their intimate partner’s access to them and their children. Such restraining orders may be given based on the severity of the violence. These restraining orders are strictly enforced, and violations can be penalized.
There are also cases where accusations of domestic violence may falsely be made in order to gain an advantage in divorce and child custody battles. In such cases, it is important to get solid legal representation because a restraining order can prevent you from getting in touch with your children, and can also severely impair your efforts to gain custody of your children.