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Intimate partner violence is any type of physical, sexual, or emotional harm done by a current or former partner. Emotional abuse includes threatening and controlling behavior. Intimate partner violence is also called domestic violence.
Intimate partner violence is especially dangerous during pregnancy because the abuse may affect you and your developing baby. Call a domestic violence hotline or let your health care provider know if you are being physically or sexually abused, or if your partner's threatening or controlling behavior is making you feel unsafe. Getting help and support protects you, your pregnancy, and your baby.
If you do not feel safe searching for help online at home, use a computer at a public library to access the internet. Call 911 if you are in immediate danger or need medical help.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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