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Reducing Maternal Mortality from Intimate Partner Violence and Substance Use Webinar

Homicide, suicide, and drug overdoses—all of which are strongly tied to intimate partner violence (IPV)—account for a large number of deaths during pregnancy. Therefore, addressing family planning clients’ relationships, mental health, and substance use is an essential part of providing quality reproductive health care. Intended for family planning clinical services providers and staff, this webinar will review how IPV, substance use, and maternal mortality intersect. The presenter will also describe the known risks of and contributing factors to IPV and substance use, and will share recommendations for how family planning agencies can help prevent IPV- and substance use-related maternal deaths.

This session will be facilitated by Rebecca Levenson, MA, a former Planned Parenthood clinic director and Senior Health Policy Consultant for FUTURES Without Violence. Ms. Levenson is a nationally recognized researcher, educator, advocate, and speaker.


  • Rebecca Levenson, MA, Senior Health Policy Consultant for FUTURES Without Violence

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this session, participants will be able to: 

  • Describe the prevalence of IPV- and substance use-related maternal deaths
  • Explain the connections between IPV-associated substance use overdose and suicide among pregnant people
  • Identify at least two strategies for responding to clients experiencing IPV and/or substance use