When Homicide Is the Leading Cause of Death

Many are unaware that homicide by an intimate partner is the leading cause of death among pregnant women and women of infants. Below are a few recent examples of such common tragedies that have been in the news. Visit our page “How To Help Victims” to learn how you can assist women in these dire circumstances.

Evaluation of death certificates from national database paints a grim picture for pregnant women.

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Suspected father allegedly shot and killed the mother of a 3-month-old baby as she was pushing a baby carriage with the infant inside on Wednesday, authorities said. Reportedly the abuse began while she was pregnant and she was attempting to set boundaries with her batterer.

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The ex-boyfriend beheaded an 8-month-old pregnant woman, authorities said. Pregnant domestic violence victims are at high-risk for homicide. This is why many choose abortion or adoption. Whether pregnant or not, terminating the toxic relationship is the most lethal time for survivors.

https://www.the-sun.com/news/5564376/pregnant-woman-found-beheaded-planned-baby-shower/

Father hunted down, shot, and killed the mother of a 4-year-old and 1-year-old on Tuesday after she got a protection order and moved to a secret location. One of the kids witnessed the murder. The victim’s brother was also shot. Leaving an abusive relationship (especially being pregnant or with young children) is most delicate and lethal. For many women who find themselves pregnant, abortion is often the only way they can potentially survive. The current law gives batterers rights to the children once born.


Husband murdered pregnant wife, who had searched the internet ‘what to do if your husband is upset your pregnant’, authorities said. Far too many women are navigating life or death scenarios. Be less judgemental – be a good listener.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/man-sentenced-killing-wife-d-searched-husband-upset-are-pregnant-rcna37422?fbclid=IwAR1zy9oOX0yo5UBEo1n83VemYkxJc47obByOkR1TM_reH6ywK0vTSE8Hokg

The Irony of the Pro-Life Movement

Homicide by an intimate partner is the leading cause of death among pregnant women.

The irony of the pro-life movement is they fail to realize homicide by an intimate partner is the leading cause of death among pregnant women.

For many abused women, abortion is the only means to survive.

If she does survive and gives birth, many batterers refuse to consent to adoption thereby permanently entrapping mother and child in a dire life.

To add to her trauma, it’s not uncommon for custody, including sole-custody, to be awarded to the charming and manipulative batterer. Just as they fooled their victim, they can fool the justice system as well.

Regardless of where the child primarily resides, the child learns to adapt to abuse and typically repeats the cycle as either an adult victim or an adult batterer. 

Such perils are the unintended consequences of overturning Roe vs Wade.

Hopefully, with more awareness and education on these dynamics, the generational curses of intimate partner abuse can be broken. To learn more about the delicate dynamics of domestic violence as well as how pregnant women and the fetus are impacted, explore TrueloveHomes.org .

Ponder how you can help save the lives of pregnant victims of domestic violence.

Myth #2 : Domestic Violence doesn’t affect that many people.

FACT:

1 in 4 women will experience abuse by an intimate partner sometime in her lifetime. Some studies have reported 1 in 3 women.1 in 7 men are victims of domestic violence.

Every 9 seconds a women is beaten.

The FBI estimates 3-4 million women are battered each year in the USA.

1 in 3 female victims of homicide are murdered by a current or former intimate partner.

According to the FBI, from 2001-2012, 11,766 women have been slain by their current or former intimate partner. That total is more than the 9/11 terror attacks and US troops killed in the Afghanistan and Iraq war COMBINED.

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Domestic Violence and Pregnancy: Why It Matters

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND PREGNANCY

You wouldn’t think someone would abuse a pregnant women, let alone the father of the unborn child, but it happens every day. We invite you to take a few brief moments to learn the facts about domestic violence, pregnancy, why it matters, and how you can save lives.

  • 1 in 3 women experience abuse sometime in her lifetime. Many women report the abuse began or escalated during pregnancy.

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  • Abuse is not always physical. It can be verbal, emotional, financial, sexual, or even spiritual. It is about power and control.
  • Domestic Violence does not discriminate. It does not care what race or age you are or what neighborhood you live in or even how much or little money you have.

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  • Studies have proven when a pregnant woman is in an abusive environment, her stress hormones are elevated, altering her unborn baby’s developing brain. Sleep disorders, learning disorders, emotional disorders, and even eating disorders often manifest in a young child’s life when he/she was exposed to domestic violence while in utero.
  • According to the CDC, violence during pregnancy may be more common than gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and neural tube effects.
  • Although an abusive partner may strike anywhere on a pregnant woman’s body, often he will attack her abdomen as a means of hiding any bruising while harming their unborn child.

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  • Studies also report violence in pregnancy is often associated with an increase risk of miscarriage, low birth weight babies, fetal injury, preterm labor or death of the unborn.
  • Abuse during pregnancy also has been linked to perinatal and post-partum depression.

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  • Assaults cause more pregnancy complications than car accidents or accidental falls.
  • Homicide by an intimate or former partner is the leading cause of death among pregnant women.

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At Truelove Homes, we understand the complexity of relationships as well as the dynamics of domestic violence and how it can effect not just your pregnancy, but your very life! You deserve to be safe and even cherished. In the event you feel you may need to move elsewhere to protect yourself, please take the time to browse our online resources, which can assist you along your safe passage.