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Reproductive Coercion

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Reproductive coercion is any behaviour that interferes with your right to make choices about your sexual and reproductive health.

A person can try to control and manipulate your sexual and reproductive health in different ways, such as:

Reproductive coercion can happen through physical and verbal violence, psychological and emotional manipulation, and financial control. Sometimes, reproductive coercion can be used to prevent you from leaving a relationship or making other decisions about your life.

Reproductive coercion is a form of family violence, and most commonly happens in intimate partner relationships. However, it can also be perpetrated by ex-partners, parents, family members, carers, support workers, health professionals or other people you live with or see often.

Reproductive coercion should be taken seriously by all health professionals. Some sexual and reproductive health services may ask you questions privately, to provide help if you are experiencing reproductive coercion.

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