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What Do Birth Plans and Stealth Birth Control Have to Do With Advocacy?

Innovative Strategies for Addressing the Reproductive Health Needs of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Survivors

The Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs (WCSAP) and the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence (WSCADV) have been involved in a three-year project to enhance services for pregnant and parenting survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. In this webinar, we will share exciting new developments that impact advocacy practice and enhance our understanding of the reproductive health needs of all survivors. We will introduce the advocacy section of our forthcoming Toolkit for Working with Pregnant and Parenting Survivors: An Integrated Approach to Intimate Partner Violence and Reproductive & Sexual Coercion

You will learn about birth control that can’t be “messed with” by an abuser; increasing your comfort in talking about reproductive health topics; making sure your local pharmacy carries emergency contraception; identifying reproductive coercion; helping survivors as they go through pregnancy, birth, and early parenting; and developing unconventional partnerships with other professionals in your community.

  • Participants will develop skills in initiating conversations about reproductive health needs early in the advocacy relationship.
  • Participants will acquire strategies for integrating topics into ongoing advocacy, including safety planning, support groups, and individual discussions.
  • Participants will identify action steps for advocacy programs to support survivors’ reproductive health needs.

Presented by WCSAP's Leah Holland and Jennifer Levy-Peck, and WSCADV's Leigh Hoffheimer.

Recording & Materials

Reviewed: April 12th, 2016