The study, led by Susan Bewley, consultant obstetrician at Kings College London, also found that intimate partner violence was linked to a women's partner not knowing about the termination of pregnancy.

The researchers reviewed 74 published studies that provided information about experiences of intimate partner violence (which could be physical, sexual, or emotional/ psychological) among women who had a termination, said the study published in journal PLOS Medicine.

The authors found that worldwide, intimate partner violence rates among women undergoing termination of pregnancy ranged from 2.5 percent to 30 percent in the preceding year and from 14 percent to 40 percent over their lifetime.

The authors found some evidence that intimate partner violence was associated with single and repeat termination of pregnancy, the study added.


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