Reproductive coercion and abuse risk factors and impact: A rapid literature review


Reproductive coercion and abuse (RCA) refers to any deliberate attempt to dictate a person’s reproductive choices or interfere with their reproductive autonomy. RCA is typically perpetrated against women, and other people with female reproductive organs, in a context of fear and control within an interpersonal relationship. The most common perpetrators are current or former male intimate partners, but other family members can also perpetrate RCA. This presentation is based on the findings of a rapid literature review, consisting of 24 international research studies. Findings from the review provide insights into two categories of RCA behaviours; those intended to promote pregnancy and those intended to prevent pregnancy. The impacts of RCA on victim-survivors will be discussed, grouped into three areas: (1) pregnancy, reproductive and sexual health, (2) service and support accessibility and (3) psychological and relational wellbeing. Risk factors for RCA victimisation will also be presented, relating to socio-demographic, cultural and societal, and structural factors. The presentation will conclude with some practice insights about asking clients about RCA experiences and providing support to clients who may be experiencing RCA.


MacDonald, J. B., Gartoulla, P. Truong, M., Tarzia, L., Willoughby, M. (2024). Reproductive coercion and abuse risk factors and impact: A rapid literature review. Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, 11–14 June. Melbourne, Australia. (Poster)