Addressing the Intersection of HIV & Intimate Partner Violence

On March 31, 2021, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of HIV/AIDS Housing (OHH) announced the release of a set of three training videos that address the intersection of HIV and intimate partner violence, which includes domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
In 2016, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), HUD awarded joint funding to eight demonstration projects across the U.S. to provide housing assistance and supportive services to low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS who were homeless and/or in need of housing assistance due to intimate partner violence.

The new videos discuss best practices and provide an ongoing training resource for all HOPWA grantees and project sponsors, as well as other agencies working with people living with HIV/AIDS and experiencing intimate partner violence. The first two comprise a two-part webinar on key factors to consider in serving persons living with HIV/AIDS who are survivors of IPV. The first video in the series teaches viewers how HIV impacts victims of domestic violence, how to understand what is needed for a strong partnership, and to gather information on how survivors and PLHIV can be involved in developing these partnerships. The second video helps participants learn how to create services, to build partnerships between housing and service providers, and to engage with survivors of violence and PLHIV.

The third video is a roundtable discussion between OHH staff and three of the demonstration sites (Kansas City, Missouri; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Portland, Oregon) describing successful approaches to developing effective and collaborative community partnerships to best serve those at the intersection of HIV and IPV. The videos range from forty-five minutes to nearly an hour. In addition to streaming the video recordings, webinar slides are also available for download at https://bit.ly/3vmaJIn.

—Reporting by Hank Trout


Hank Trout, Senior Editor, edited Drummer, Malebox, and Folsom magazines in the early 1980s. A long-term survivor of HIV/AIDS (diagnosed in 1989), he is a forty-year resident of San Francisco, where he lives with his husband Rick.