October 23, 2016
Sunday, October 23, 2016 is recognized as the National Day of Action to End Violence Against Women Living with HIV. Fifty-five percent of women living with HIV experience domestic violence; double the national rate. Women living with HIV experience a dilemma with respect to disclosing their health status: according to a study, 24 percent of HIV infected women experienced physical violence after disclosing their HIV status to their partner, while another 45 percent feared this reaction. On one hand, disclosing one’s HIV status may increase the chance of experiencing violence from their partner or family members. Due to state-specific HIV exposure, non-disclosure, and transmission laws, not disclosing one’s HIV status can increase one’s risk of arrest and prosecution. The criminalization of individuals living with HIV disproportionately impacts women, in particular women of color and transgender women. Unfortunately these additional barriers leaving an abusive partner particularly difficult for HIV infected women.
October 20, 2016
At the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), we strive to CARRY LIGHT by shining a light where there is darkness, by lifting up survivors’ voices, and by celebrating women’s strength. We CARRY LIGHT to recognize and address the needs and rights of women of color, the LGBTQ community, Native women, refugees and immigrants, people of all faiths, and all of those who call this country home. NNEDV seeks to CARRY LIGHT by providing a network for support, love, unity, and social change.
October 13, 2016
In addition to Domestic Violence Awareness Month, October is also recognized as National Cyber Security Awareness Month.
September 30, 2016
Every October, the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) joins with our partners, supporters, and allies across the country to recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM).
September 26, 2016
While there has been increased awareness about domestic violence in same-sex relationships, the HIV risks for LGBTQ individuals experiencing abuse are often overlooked. On September 27, recognized as National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) recognizes the risk factors that make male victims of domestic violence in same-sex relationships susceptible to contracting HIV.