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Thursday, 12 August 2004
Page: 26265


Senator ALLISON (9:39 AM) —I move:

That the Senate—

(a) acknowledges that violence against women has serious consequences for reproductive outcomes;

(b) notes that:

(i) the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health has found that young women with violent partners are more likely to become pregnant, miscarry, have a stillbirth, premature birth or an abortion than are women who do not have violent partners, and

(ii) the Women's Safety Australia study found that 42 per cent of women who reported physical violence from a partner experienced that violence during pregnancy, with half of these women stating that violence occurred for the first time while they were pregnant; and

(c) calls on the Government to:

(i) provide funding to raise awareness of the links between violence and pregnancy and to train primary health care professionals to routinely assess pregnant women for possible exposure to violence, and

(ii) improve systems of care for pregnant women who are experiencing partner violence.

Question agreed to.