Intimate partner violence can have a significant impact on a person’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. For example, women who experience intimate partner violence may have difficulty accessing contraception, may have unintended pregnancies as a result of rape or coercion, and may experience sexually transmitted infections as a result of non-consensual sex. It can also lead to negative mental health outcomes, such as depression and anxiety, which can affect an individual’s overall well-being and ability to make decisions about their sexual and reproductive health.

At the same time, sexual and reproductive health and rights can also be impacted by social and cultural norms and beliefs about gender, sexuality, and relationships. These norms and beliefs can contribute to the perpetuation of intimate partner violence, as they may justify or condone abusive behaviors and discourage victims from seeking help or support.

Addressing intimate partner violence is an important part of promoting and protecting sexual and reproductive health and rights, as it can help to create safer and more equitable environments for persons to make decisions about their bodies, relationships, and overall well-being.