Over 40 years, Women’s Aid has been campaigning to end domestic abuse and supporting women.
The RCM has said that its partnership with the charity is ‘fitting’, following statistics revealing 30% of domestic abuse cases increase at the beginning or during pregnancy.
Chief executive of the RCM, Cathy Warwick said: “Domestic abuse is abhorrent and we should be doing all we can to stop it. That is why this partnership with Women’s Aid is so important.
“Pregnancy can be a trigger point for the start of domestic abuse and midwives have a crucial role to play in spotting signs of it, and supporting women who suffer from it.”
According to the RCM, 30-40% of women who have experienced domestic abuse have done so while pregnant.
Chief executive for Women’s Aid, Polly Neate added: “Domestic violence increases the chances of miscarriage, premature birth, foetal injury and foetal death, as well as threat to the life of the woman, and through this partnership we hope to raise vital funds for our services and through awareness and training help midwives and save lives.”
Various fundraising events have already been planned, such as a long-distance cycle ride by RCM and Women’s Aid.
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