Domestic Violence

Persons of all genders face domestic violence which simultaneously increases their risk for HIV and homelessness. 12% of HIV/AIDS infection among women in romantic relationships are due to intimate partner violence and women who experienced intimate partner violence were over 3 times more likely to have a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS.


For those living with HIV/AIDS, many fear abuse and violence because of their status. In a study of HIV service providers, 24% reported at least one patient who disclosed their HIV status and subsequently experienced physical abuse while 45% of providers had patients who feared physical abuse upon disclosure.


The Department of Justice and HUD launched a $9M demonstration program in 2016 to help address the combined issue of domestic violence, HIV, and homelessness.

  1. Sareen J., Pagura, B., Grant, B., Is Intimate Partner Violence Associated With HIV Infection Among Women in the U.S. published in Science Direct February 2009.