198978 Inclusion of HIV/STI Risk Reduction in Domestic Violence Support Groups

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 8:50 AM

Susan B. Spencer, MSW, LCSW , Susan B. Spencer, Inc, Wyndmoor, PA
Candace Robertson-James, MPH , Women's Health Education Program, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Women who experience Intimate Partner Violence are at higher risk for HIV and other STIs. Domestic violence (DV) providers often focus on safety planning with little discussion on sexual safety for the victims they see. Most DV providers also offer support groups for the women they serve, providing a unique opportunity to introduce HIV risk reduction. Thru a contract with the Office on Women's Health, an intervention was developed to increase participant's awareness of the link between HIV and DV and to assist women in developing sexual safety plans by using a variety of different activities. The intervention is inserted as part of a series of topics in a DV support group.

The presentation will offer an overview of the content of the group, with specific considerations in presenting HIV/STI information in a support group. Methods to help ensure the inclusion of the material will be reviewed. The intervention has been offered this year at four different DV sites. The presentation will offer data collected from both staff and participants from these sites.

Learning Objectives:
Identify methods of including risk reduction material in IPV support groups. List three considerations in presenting risk reduction information in IPV support groups

Keywords: HIV Interventions, Battered Women

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: developed the intervention as part of a contract with the Office on Women's Health
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.