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.