Intersection of Domestic Violence & HIV/AIDS
NNEDV's HIV/AIDS project addresses the intersection of domestic violence and HIV/AIDS.
- Evidence suggests that sexual and other forms of abuse against women and girls - whether at the hands of intimate partners or strangers - increases their chances of becoming infected with HIV.
- One quarter to one half of abused women have experienced forced sex.
- Women who were beaten or dominated by their partners were more likely to become infected than women in non-violent relationships. These women who were beaten by their boyfriends or husbands were 48% more likely to be infected.
- 24% of the female patients in one study experienced physical abuse after disclosing their HIV status and 45% feared such a reaction.
- Women who have a history of both sexual and physical abuse by intimate partners are 2.7 times more likely to worry about acquiring HIV.
NNEDV's Domestic Violence & HIV/AIDS Project, in partnership with the MAC AIDS Fund and NNEDV's National Domestic Violence & HIV/AIDS Advisory Committee, proposes to systematically address the unique challenges and barriers facing HIV/AIDS-infected victims of domestic violence by:
- Partnering and collaborating with national, state and local HIV/AIDS organizations to explore the intersection of domestic violence and HIV/AIDS;
- Providing technical assistance & training opportunities to both domestic violence and HIV/AIDS service providers to share best practices, lessons learned, and model programs that address HIV/AIDS and domestic violence; and
- Developing and disseminating critical resources to both fields on the co-occurrence of HIV/AIDS and domestic violence including strategies to best address challenges and barriers when both are present in the lives of women.
For more information about this project, please contact Ashley Slye.