4 Myths Destructive to Pregnant Survivors of Abuse

For many years, through my work with A Safe Passage, I’ve been training care providers (doulas, midwives, physicians, social workers) to create safer spaces to elicit and respond to disclosures of abuse. Over that period of time, I’ve come across many myths in the minds of participants. Myths about who experiences abuse, who perpetrates abuse, how people respond to being victimized; myths about the causes of abuse, the impacts of abuse, the role of care providers in responding to disclosures of abuse; and on and on…

These myths are powerful. They perpetuate dominant ideas about abuse and how the person being victimized ought to respond. They become particularly powerful when combined with cultural notions of what it means to be a “good” pregnant person. These myths permeate our culture, and inform how we, as care providers, work with pregnant people in general, but are uniquely destructive to pregnant survivors of abuse.

4 myths I would like to challenge:

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