New funding for SHQ
SHQ is the proud recipient of funding from the Australian Government (through the Women’s Leadership and Development program) to run a two-year project around identifying and responding to intimate partner violence (IPV).
The funding will allow us to develop much-needed screening tools to identify victims of IPV and/or reproductive coercion, both in WA and across Australia.
Reproductive coercion is a term used to define a range of fertility-controlling behaviours. Accurate data on IPV and reproductive coercion is severely lacking in Australia, and as a result, these issues are not widely understood.
This project will initiate improvements in data collection, which will inform a greater understanding by health professionals, allowing them to help and support more women.
Links between reproduction coercion and the outcomes of unintended pregnancy and sexually transmissible infections will also be researched.
SHQ is pleased to see the Government’s commitment to this important area of reproductive health, which will benefit women across Australia.