October 23, 2017
Did you know?
- Women living with HIV are twice as likely to experience intimate partner violence (IPV) and five times as likely to experience lifetime sexual assault as the general population of women.
- Data also shows that women of trans experience, who are the population most affected by HIV in the U.S., are at elevated risk for violent hate crimes, which all too often are deadly.
- Disclosure of HIV status can increase vulnerability to violence, including tragic situations where women with HIV have been murdered following disclosure of their HIV status.
Positive Women’s Network – USA established October 23 as a Day of Action to End Violence Against Women Living with HIV in 2014 in the wake of at least two brutal murders of women following disclosure of their HIV status.
Please sign on as an endorser of our Day of Action here if you have not already done so.
Join us at 1pm EDT/10am PDT TODAY for an important live, online conversation.
Unfortunately, 2017 has been filled with attacks on the already scant protections that can help women with HIV avoid or leave abusive relationships–Medicaid, social security, programs that provide economic, nutritional and housing assistance, and reproductive rights and access, to name just a few.
PWN-USA is committed to ending violence against women living with HIV by: supporting and empowering survivors of intimate partner violence; fighting the deadly stigma that fuels interpersonal violence; and advocating for just systems that will ensure economic security, human rights, and access for all women living with and vulnerable to HIV.
Here are a few more things you can do to support the Day of Action:
- Join us at 1pm EDT/10am PDT TODAY for our launch of our new #PWNCares interactive multimedia series. We will premiere the first video in the new series, Living & Loving Well with HIV, followed by a live virtual “coffee table” conversation with the three powerful survivors of IPV living with HIV featured in the video and a special guest panelist from the National Network to End Domestic Violence’s Positively Safe program. Ask questions, share your own experiences, offer resources and ideas for ways we can prevent violence and support survivors. Check out the “sneak peek” of the new video above and register for the 1pm EDT conversation here!
- Do you work for an organization that works with women living with HIV, or do you facilitate or attend a support group? Use #PWNCares: Living and Loving Well with HIV in a group, meeting or event to engage women in a conversation around the intersections of IPV, HIV and structural violence. We will provide you with the downloadable version of the video, a discussion guide and more resources when you sign up here.
- Change your profile picture on social media to our Day of Action logo (right) and use our Day of Action Social Media Toolkit to help spread the word!
- Check out and share these blogs written by survivors and by organizations working with survivors.
- Make a donation to support PWN-USA’s work in advocating for an economic security agenda for women living with and vulnerable to HIV as we support and empower survivors.
Thank you for your support and commitment to ending violence against women living with HIV!