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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. Questions? 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.

Fact Sheets:

  • Download Fact Sheet about HIV and Domestic Violence
  • Download Hoja Informativa sobre el VIH / SIDA y la Violencia Doméstica 
  • Download Fact Sheet about Domestic Violence
  • Download Hoja Informativa sobre la Violencia Doméstica
  • Download Hoja Informativa sobre el VIH
  • Download Tips for Having an Informed Conversation about Domestic Violence & HIV
  • Download Reproductive Coercion and the Impact on Survivors of Domestic Violence
  • Download La Coerción Reproductiva y el Impacto sobre las Personas Sobrevivientes de la Violencia Doméstica
  • Download Getting Started: Tips for Domestic Violence Service Providers 
  • Download Getting Started Tips for HIV/AIDS Providers 


  • Download Plan de Acción para la Colaboración


  • Download Conversation Guide: Starting the Discussion about Domestic Violence 
  • Download Conversation Guide: Starting the Discussion about HIV/AIDS
  • Download Domestic Violence Resource Guide 
  • Download Rueda de Poder y Control del VIH
  • Download Starting the Conversation with HIV Advocates on Domestic Violence 
  • Download Supporting Survivors Accessing HIV Care
  • Download Apoyo a las Personas Sobrevivientes que Tienen Acceso a la Atención Médica para el VIH


  • Download 17 Things You Can Do To Make a Difference for Survivors Living with HIV 
  • Download Healing from Trauma for Survivors Living with HIV 
  • Download HIV Testing & DV Advocates: Interview with Kelly Henry (Sojourner House)
  • Download Laws Impacting Individuals Living with HIV 
  • Download Linkage to and Retention in Care for People Living with HIV/AIDS 
  • Download Medicamentos y las Personas Sobrevivientes
  • Download Online Privacy for Survivors Living with HIV 
  • Download Preventing Staff Burnout to Help Survivors Heal 
  • Download Privacy, Domestic Violence, and HIV: A Guide for Advocates 
  • Download What Health Care Providers Should Know about The Intersection of HIV, Domestic Violence, Confidentiality & Tech 

Outreach Materials:

  • Download Health & Safety for All Survivors (brochure)
  • Download Salud y Seguridad para Todos los Sobrevivientes (folleto)