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A Safe Passage
supporting Women Survivors of Abusethrough the childbearing year

Resources

Listings of online and in-print resources for professionals providing prenatal and perinatal care for pregnant women who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse, survivors of past woman abuse or sexual assault, or who are in abusive relationships during their pregnancy. Professionals who will benefit from this information include doulas, midwives, nurses and other health care providers who need to understand the impact abuse has on a woman during her pregnancy, labour & childbirth and mothering, and who are looking for resources and tools to help them support women survivors in their care during the childbearing year.

Information on this page:

See also the more abuse-specific resources listed on the relevant webpages for professionals, and the resources for women survivors themselves.

 Specialized Training

A Safe Passage
Supporting Women Survivors of Abuse through the Childbearing Year
Advanced Practitioner Training for doulas, midwives, nurses and other health care professionals providing prenatal and perinatal care for pregnant women who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse, past woman abuse or sexual assault, or who are in abusive relationships during their pregnancy.
www.asafepassage.info/training.shtml

When Survivors Give Birth:
supporting the birthing woman with a history of sexual abuse
This is a workshop dedicated to providing information related to supporting and minimizing the impact of childhood sexual abuse on the pregnant woman survivor.
www.seattlemidwifery.org/doula_education_survivors.htm#Brochure

LLL Breastfeeding and the Sexual Abuse Survivor
This is a comprehensive overview of issues related to breastfeeding and the childhood sexual abuse survivor. This is a distance continuing education course offered through La Leche League and was more than worth the registration fee.
www.lalecheleague.org

 Advice by Phone

The Assaulted Women's Helpline
1-866-863-0511
TTY 1-866-863-7868
offers a 24-hour telephone crisis line for abused women in Ontario.
Helpline staff can support you in helping the abused woman or abusive man. They will discuss the warning signs of abuse you have seen and give you practical advice on ways to help.

 Online Reading

NCFV publications and videos
The National Clearinghouse on Family Violence (NCFV) is Canada's resource centre for information on violence within relationships of kinship, intimacy, dependency or trust. Manuals provided free of charge in both English and French. NCFV publications and videos are available to borrow through interlibrary loan through your local library.
www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/ncfv-cnivf/familyviolence

PTSD Information for Women's Medical Providers
A National Center for PTSD Fact Sheet

An article on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from the US-based National Center for PTSD
www.ncptsd.va.gov/facts/specific/fs_female_primary.html

Childhood Sexual Abuse and the Potential Impact on Maternity
Article by Andrya Prescott, Independent Midwife
originally published in Midwifery Matters
www.radmid.demon.co.uk/abuse2002.htm

Woman Abuse: Screening, Identification and Initial Response
Best Practice Guidelines, Registered Nurses Association of Ontario
"The overall purpose of this guideline is to facilitate routine universal screening for woman abuse by nurses in all practice settings."
www.rnao.org/Storage/12/655_BPG_Women_Abuse.pdf

Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children
The Centre promotes the development of community-centred, action research on violence against women and children.
www.crvawc.ca

The Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System
A world-renowned "non-profit social service agency devoted to helping children and families involved with the justice system as victims of crime"
www.lfcc.on.ca

Helping Children Thrive / Supporting Woman Abuse Survivors as Mothers: A Resource to Support Parenting
By: Linda Baker & Alison Cunningham (2004).
This 76-page resource, funded by the Ontario Women's Directorate, is written for service providers assisting mothers who have survived woman abuse. Downloadable manual available at www.lfcc.on.ca/mothers.html or call (519) 679-7250 to order a hard copy.

Best Start
Ontario's Maternal, Newborn and Early Child Development Resource
www.opc.on.ca/beststart

Motherisk
"Your source for evidence-based information about the safety or risk of drugs, chemicals and disease during pregnancy and lactation." www.motherisk.org

Perinatal Project - Mental Health Advocacy for Mothers
An invaluable resource site for women, families and professionals looking for information related to supporting and understanding women's mental health during the reproductive years
www.perinatalproject.com

 Informational Tools

Power and Control wheel
Wheel chart displaying the manifestations of power and control in abusive relationships. Developed by the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project, Duluth MN, USA
www.duluth-model.org/documents/PhyVio.pdf
www.lfcc.on.ca/HCT_SWASM_page7.pdf

Woman Abuse in the Childbearing Year - Power and Control wheel
Wheel chart displaying the manifestations of power and control in abusive relationships during the childbearing year. Adapted from the Power and Control wheel developed by the Domestic Abuse Intervention Project, Duluth MN.
www.asafepassage.info/AbuseWheel.pdf

Handouts for Women
Downloadable handouts to give to women - scroll down to the heading Handouts for Women.
www.lfcc.on.ca/mothers.html

 Trigger work tools

Trigger cards
Available from A Safe Passage, these box sets include the following:

www.asafepassage.info/payment.shtml#products

 Books

When Survivors Give Birth:
Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women

by Penny Simkin (2004) ASIN: 1594040222

Helping Her Get Free:
a Guide for Families and Friends of Abused Women

Brewster, Susan. (2006) Seal Press, ISBN-10: 1580051677

The PTSD Workbook
Simple, Effective techniques for Overcoming Stress Symptoms

Williams, Mary Beth and Soili Poijula. (2002) New Harbinger Publications, Inc., Oakland CA, ISBN 1-57224-282-5

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