In Canada, partner violence during pregnancy is common. Alcohol and other substance use is one way that many women cope with violence and abuse and many women who have a difficult time stopping their alcohol use during pregnancy have past or current experiences of trauma.
You can support women who disclose current or past experiences of violence or abuse by:
- » Helping her understand the links between trauma and alcohol use
- » Helping her find support in the community to begin healing
- » Develop strategies to keep herself safe and identify key people and organizations in the community that can help her (often called a ‘safety plan’)
Some women find it helpful to hear about what other women have experienced. If you feel comfortable, you could consider sharing information such as:
After making any of the above statements, consider asking her how this information fits with her experience, or what she thinks or feels about what you have just shared.
Regardless of your approach, it’s important to respect each woman’s wishes on what she wants to see happen with her relationship.
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