Queensland Women’s experiences of coerced abortion: beyond the myths

November 6, 2018

The upcoming 2018 STOP Domestic Violence Conference will be held at QT, Gold Coast over 3 and 4 December with optional workshops on 5 December. 

Joining us at the conference is Ms Elizabeth Price, Senior Counsellor at Children By Choice who will present on ‘Queensland Women’s experiences of coerced abortion: beyond the myths’.


With understandings of reproductive coercion an emerging area of practice in the domestic violence sector, little research has been done on the experiences and needs of women subjected to these practices in the Australian context. Children by Choice is a Queensland-wide information, referral, counselling and advocacy service for all options with an unplanned pregnancy; abortion, adoption and parenting. The service has been contributing to broader understandings of reproductive coercion and playing a pivotal role in supporting abortion providers to respond to the needs of women experiencing domestic violence including reproductive coercion. In July 2017 they began to collect service data that distinguishes the unique circumstances and needs of Queensland women coerced to pregnancy from those coerced to abortion.

This presentation will discuss key trends and issues emerging from this service data and will challenge prevailing myths. It will compare and contrast the circumstances and needs of women facing coerced pregnancy with those facing coerced abortion and illustrate this with case examples illuminating the nuances of this specialist work. Case examples will also be offered that help to explore the nature of perpetrators coerced abortion strategies and the consequences of these for women’s safety. The implications for domestic violence service responses will be considered as well as the implications for screening and responding in pregnancy care settings, and implications future research.


Elizabeth Price is a Social Worker of 29 years’ experience including roles with a focus on domestic violence. She has spent the 7 and a half of these years with Children by Choice. She has a keen interest in the intersection between domestic violence and sexual and reproductive health, and a tenacious commitment to highlighting the injustice of reproductive coercion. She continues to explore the experiences and needs of women experiencing reproductive coercion and to explore the implications of this for practice and service responses.

For further information and to book tickets for the 2018 STOP Domestic Violence Conference please visit www.stopdomesticviolence.com.au

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