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Statement on the Supreme Court's Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade - (6/24/2022)

Abortion services are essential healthcare and equal access is vital to social and economic participation, reproductive autonomy, and self-determination.  Restrictions disproportionately harm Black and brown people, LGBTQ people, low income people, and domestic violence survivors. 

For survivors, abortion access is a matter of safety.  Domestic violence is about power and control, and many abusers choose to weaponize a partner’s bodily autonomy and reproductive choices as tools of violence.  This is called reproductive coercion and can include forcing someone to either continue or end a pregnancy, pressuring a partner to get pregnant, or sabotaging birth control.  Forcing a partner to stay pregnant is, unfortunately, an effective way of keeping them dependent and trapped.  Pregnancy also increases a person’s vulnerability to violence by an abusive partner, as abuse tends to escalate during this period. 

New York State legalized abortion three years before Roe v. Wade and has taken steps in recent weeks to strengthen resources and capacity.  However, half of the states in the U.S. will try to severely restrict or ban abortion very soon, which is devastating.  We stand in solidarity with reproductive rights advocates across the nation today.  We will also continue to respect survivors’ autonomy over their own bodies and provide supportive, inclusive services for all. 

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What is domestic violence?

Domestic Violence is a pattern of coercive behavior. This pattern can include abuse of various sorts of one family member by another including:

Perpetrators of domestic violence have a goal to establish and maintain power and control over their partners and/or other family members.

This violence affects people in every racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic group and includes people of all ages who have lived together or who have had an intimate relationship.

Domestic violence often escalates in severity and frequency over time and can have serious health and psychological ramifications.

How can you learn more?

Representatives from Rise are available to speak to community organizations about domestic violence and our services.

For more information, call 6O7.748.7453.

For additional information: www.opdv.ny.gov/whatisdv