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Positively Safe: Addressing the Intersection of DV and HIV/AIDS Toolkit


October 2019

This toolkit aims to provide domestic violence and HIV/AIDS service providers with information and resources to enhance services for persons exposed to HIV/AIDS and domestic violence. The information provided here addresses frequently asked questions, common challenges, best practices, templates for adaptation, and resources for additional information and assistance. Several resources support building collaborative partnerships and cross training efforts between the domestic violence and HIV/AIDS fields. Strong, collaborative relationships are important for ensuring quality services for domestic violence survivors who may be at risk for or living with HIV/AIDS.

Please select a category to access the resources for that section. Contact Us for additional assistance.

Notes on Toolkit Resource Language Use:

  • Intimate Partner Violence: Or IPV, is another term used for Domestic Violence, often used in the medical field, and describes a relationship in which an act or pattern of acts is used by a person to gain or maintain control, harm, threaten, intimidate, harass, coerce, control, isolate, restrain, or monitor another person in a current or former intimate relationship or a social relationship.
  • Survivor/Victim: These terms are used interchangeably to refer to a person who is currently or was formerly in an abusive relationship as a way to recognize the unique challenges an individual faces while still in a relationship as well as their experience in fleeing and healing from an abusive relationship.
  • Gendered pronoun use: Because domestic violence is not a strictly heteronormative trend, meaning that all genders can perpetuate and become victim to domestic violence, we have made a conscious effort to use gender-neutral pronouns in many of our materials. However, in recognition that 85% of victims of domestic violence are female, there are some instances where gendered pronouns are used.

Universal Precautions
Tips to Have an Informed Conversation about Domestic Violence and HIV
Tips for HIV Providers
Tips for Domestic Violence Providers
Starting the Conversation with Domestic Violence Advocates on HIV
Safety Planning
Positively Safe Poster 2
Positively Safe Poster 1
Positively Safe Brochure – Spanish
Positively Safe Brochure
MOU Template
Medication Storage and Access Guide
Linkage to and Retention in Care for People Living with HIV/AIDS
Laws Impacting Individuals Living with HIV
Interview with Sojourner House

HIV/AIDS Resource Guide
HIV Risk Factors and Risk Reduction
HIV Provider Fact Sheet
HIV Power and Control Wheel
Domestic Violence Resource Guide
Domestic Violence Provider Fact Sheet
Conversation Guide: Starting the Discussion about HIV/AIDS
Conversation Guide: Starting the Discussion about Domestic Violence
Combined DV/HIV Provider Fact Sheet
Collaboration Guide
Collaboration Action Plan
17 Things You Can Do To Make a Difference for Survivors Living with HIV
Healing from Trauma for Survivors Living with HIV
Online Privacy for Survivors Living with HIV
Privacy, Domestic Violence, and HIV: A Guide for Advocates
What Health Care Providers Should Know about The Intersection of HIV, Domestic Violence, Confidentiality & Tech
Starting the Conversation for HIV Advocates on Domestic Violence
Preventing Staff Burnout to Help Survivors Heal
Get PrEP’ed – Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Postcard