Reproductive coercion screening and outcomes at a family planning service

Research status

In progress

Overview of Study

Reproductive coercion (RC) occurs when a person's autonomous decision-making regarding reproductive health is compromised by another individual's behaviour. Use of routine, non-invasive screening questions asked of service users/clients may be an effective preventative response to reproductive coercion. Two RC screening questions were introduced at Family Planning NSW in December 2018, in addition to the existing domestic violence routine screening questions.

Family Planning NSW is conducting a study to better understand trends in RC screening and disclosure, clinical care and/or referral services provided to women who disclose reproductive coercion, as well as FPNSW clinicians' views and experience of RC screening after one year of implementation.

(This study has been approved by the Family Planning NSW Ethics Committee (approval number: R2020-02)).

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