Positively Safe

Research suggests that experiencing abuse may increase a survivor’s chances of acquiring HIV, and many victims living with HIV are worried about what will happen if they disclose their status—like whether an abusive partner will choose to react with violence, or whether family and friends will choose to react with stigma and shame. Sadly, survivors living with HIV often experience barriers in accessing support—whether systemically or due to an abusive partner’s actions—and these barriers fall disproportionately against survivors who already experience discrimination based on race, ability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and more.
We know that we can’t address domestic violence and HIV without also addressing their overlap and the barriers that prevent those experiencing domestic violence and living with HIV from accessing support. That’s why our Positively Safe project works to collaborate with partner organizations in both fields, share best practices and lessons learned, and develop a comprehensive toolkit for anyone looking to make a difference and ultimately prevent both domestic violence and HIV.

“I appreciated the information and suggestions to understand survivors as the sum of their experiences and not just their status as a victim, survivor, or HIV-positive individual.” 

– Positively Safe training recipient

Survivors deserve to feel safe and supported, no matter what—and that means meeting them at the unique intersections of their experiences. For survivors living with HIV, this can mean the difference between isolation and having access to the resources they need. Can you help our Positively Safe team continue this essential work?