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30 Issues L. & Med. 111 (2015)
Relationship of Abortion and Violence against Women: Violence Prevention Strategies and Research Needs

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   The Relationship of Abortion

   and Violence Against Women:

 Violence Prevention Strategies

            and Research Needs*
     Catherine T. Coyle, RN, Ph.D.;** Martha W, Shuping, M.D.;***
   Anne Speckhard, Ph.D.;**** Jennie E. Brightup, M.S., LCMFT*****

ABSTRACT: From the perspective of peace psychology, the role of abortion
in acts of violence against women is explored, with a focus on violence-pre-
vention strategies. Setting aside the political debate, this task force report
takes the conflict-transformation approach of considering all perspectives
that have concern for the right of women to avoid being victims of violence.
The evidence that victims of Intimate Partner Violence are disproportionately
represented in women presenting for abortion suggests a need for screening
at clinics. Coerced abortion is a form of violence and has occurred by gov-
ernment policy in China and as a result of other violence against women:
sex trafficking and war situations. Sex-selection abortion of female fetuses,
referred to as gendercide, has reached pandemic proportions and caused
a gender imbalance in some countries. Psychology, through empirical re-
search, can make unique contributions to understanding the relationship
between abortion and violence and in developing prevention strategies.
Keywords: Abortion, Violence against Women, Intimate Partner Violence,
Coerced Abortion, Gendercide.



   * American Psychological Association, Division 48 Presidential Task Force, 2013-2014: Research
Agenda on Abortion from a Peace Psychology Perspective.
    Alliance for Post-Abortion Research & Training.
    Shuping & Associates.
    Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Security Studies at Georgetown University Schools of
Medicine and Foreign Service.
   ..... Bright Hope Therapy, LLC

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