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Conversation Guide: Starting the Discussion About Domestic Violence


HIV/AIDS service providers are a pivotal resource for survivors in starting the discussion about domestic violence. It is important to open the conversation about violence by asking questions, but service providers and advocates should make the process conversational and safe. This conversation guide can help ease hesitation in talking about violence with clients, while creating an opportunity for service providers to continue getting to know clients as individuals.  Starting the conversation early and with every client helps ensure that client needs are continuously met. This guide provides general guidelines, specific questions, and red flags of DV, as well as suggestions about referral if a client discloses violence in her/his relationship.

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