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The Foreigner Government woolly on violence against pregnant women measure. Norway’s Ministry of Health wants to require pre-natal medical personnel routinely ask all pregnant women if their husband or partner has hit or sexually assaulted them. The move, whilst intended to reduce these abhorrent incidents, contains no all-inclusive contingency measures, however. Officials, who submitted their whitepaper in the same week as International Women’s Day, say local healthcare services have an important role when it comes to uncovering domestic violence/assault. Health personnel are normally under an oath of confidentiality, but are obliged to report incidents if they occur.

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Government woolly on violence against pregnant women measure

Published on Monday, 11th March, 2013 at 15:39 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 11th March 2013 at 16:04.

Norway’s Ministry of Health wants to require pre-natal medical personnel routinely ask all pregnant women if their husband or partner has hit or sexually assaulted them. The move, whilst intended to reduce these abhorrent incidents, contains no all-inclusive contingency measures, however.



Officials, who submitted their whitepaper in the same week as International Women’s Day, say local healthcare services have an important role when it comes to uncovering domestic violence/assault.

Health personnel are normally under an oath of confidentiality, but are obliged to report incidents if they occur.

Ministry of Health employees say their decision regarding the proposed measure is based on research, though they have not decided when and how questioning pregnant women as a routine is going to happen.

In their email to The Foreigner, they write that it “will be assessed by the Directorate of Health in the connection with elaborating a new guideline for pregnancy care.”

“In the current guideline from 2005 it is not recommended to make these questions as a routine. However, doctors and midwives are recommended to be aware of symptoms and to give necessary support.”

Notwithstanding that pregnancy is a vulnerable time for the woman – as well as her family – the intended measure takes no account of preventing the male partner ending up in a ‘guilty until proven innocent’ situation, however.

How are you going ensure men are not stigmatised?

“We think stigmatising will be avoided if questions about violence are introduced as a routine with all pregnant women,” reply officials.

Moreover, Centre Party (Sp) MP Jenny Klinge wrote in her column last week that “women with non-western backgrounds are relatively overrepresented in statistics on violence.”

“In 2011, police in Oslo revealed that 70 percent of domestic violence cases in Oslo concerned families with a different ethnic background.”

How are you going to avoid that immigrant men (especially those from a misogynist society) are highlighted above all other groups? Furthermore, what is built into the measure to avoid the women abusing it themselves – i.e. making potentially false claims due to other circumstances at that time of visit?

“In general, we don’t think it right to avoid asking questions or other kinds of measures because a few persons will be supposed to use this for making false claims,” officials say.

Recent National Police Directorate-released figures show the last five years in general have seen a 75 percent increase in cases where pregnant women have victims of violence or abuse, reports NRK.




Published on Monday, 11th March, 2013 at 15:39 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 11th March 2013 at 16:04.

This post has the following tags: pregnancynorway, violenceagainstwomen.





  
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