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Reproductive Coercion Counselling

Reproductive coercion is a form of abuse where one partner tries to control whether or not the other partner becomes pregnant or continues a pregnancy. Reproductive coercion can negatively impact someone's reproductive health, and decline their choices in regards to reproduction and contraception.

Reproductive coercion counselling is a specialized form of counselling that is tailored specifically to help individuals who are experiencing reproductive coercion. Reproductive coercion counselling can provide a supportive and safe environment where clients can discuss any issues related to reproductive coercion and receive guidance and support.

Here are some ways reproductive coercion counselling can help:

1. Safe space: Reproductive coercion counselling provides clients with a safe and non-judgmental space to explore their experiences, feelings, options, and choices.

2. Empowerment: Counselling helps clients regain control of their lives by identifying and assessing their reproductive rights and establishing boundaries or safety nets.

3. Coping Strategies: Counselling equips clients with appropriate coping techniques and strategies to overcome trauma and move forward successfully.

4. Reproductive Education: Counsellors provide detailed and comprehensive information on contraception options such as the pros and cons, so clients can make informed decisions about their reproductive health.

5. Identifying Red Flags: Counselling helps clients more immune to identifying warning signs and potential red flags in any future relationships.

6. Referral Options: Reproductive coercion counselling can provide referrals to related services that may be necessary, such as healthcare providers, legal aid or hotline connections.

The aim of reproductive coercion counselling is to provide the individual with support and information, to enable them to make informed and safe decisions about their reproductive health. Counselling ensures the client's recovery from abuse, counteracting the negative mental health impacts of reproductive coercion while promoting the client's autonomy and decision-making power.

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