Title: The Intersection of Domestic Violence and HIV
Presented by: Deloris Dockrey, MPH
5 DVS Credits: Intervention Skills
Social Workers – this class has been approved for 4 Non-Clinical Credits
There is a strong intersection between HIV/Aids and domestic violence. Women who were beaten or dominated by their intimate partner are 48 % more likely to become infected than women in non-violent relationships. Victims of DV may not be comfortable asking their partner to use protection during sex or be able to say no to sex if protection is not used. Lastly, forced sex acts can cause cuts or scrapes that make it easier for HIV to enter the body. All of these can put women at higher risk for HIV, and make living with HIV more difficult. Participants will learn the prevalence of domestic violence among women living with HIV; discuss the impact of trauma/domestic violence on HIV risk and health outcomes and discuss strategic policies and practices critical to an integrated response to the domestic violence and HIV syndemics.