Exposure to violence and adversity during pregnancy in Worcester, South Africa


The Evidence for Better Lives Study (EBLS) obtained data from pregnant women in eight low-and middle-income countries to determine epidemiological estimates of exposure to violence and adversity during pregnancy. ILCHR hosted a policy workshop in Worcester, South Africa to present the pilot findings to government and community stakeholders.


Across the eight EBLS sites, this sample of pregnant women in Worcester, South Africa had some of the highest rates of adverse childhood experiences, family risk factors, prenatal substance use and exposure to intimate partner violence during pregnancy.


Results from the #EBLS Foundational Research suggest that pregnant women in this setting are a vulnerable population that require additional care and support. Additional analyses will be conducted to explore associations between exposure to violence and maternal and child health outcomes.



See all results in this infographic.


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