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by Linda Chamberlain PhD, MPH

Examining intimate partner violence (IPV) within the broader context of health disparities can create opportunities for integrated research and interventions for IPV and related health issues. The Family Violence Prevention Fund is adding a new chapter to the Public Health Toolkit that addresses IPV as a health disparity issue for women’s sexual and reproductive health.
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Issue 4
September 2006
Health Disparities and Violence Prevention

The Contribution of Intimate Partner Violence to Health Disparities for Women of Color
By Phyllis W. Sharps, PhD, RN, FAAN and Jacquelyn C. Campbell, PhD, RN, FAAN

Major health disparities persist among minority women. Women of color are disproportionately affected by premature death, chronic diseases, disabilities, and intimate partner violence (IPV). This article provides an overview of the health consequences of IPV for minority women including increased risk for HIV/AIDS and the hidden epidemic of forced sex.
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A Sanctuary for Change: A Sexual Health Curriculum for Women at High Risk for HIV/STI Transmission
By Germayne Boswell Tizzano, Ph.D

This brief program report describes a comprehensive curriculum to reduce the risk of HIV/STIs among women with a history of trauma and/or substance abuse. This curriculum examines cultural and societal messages about sexual values and promotes skill development such as communicating sexual boundaries and recognizing how trauma and addiction can impact sexual health choices. Preliminary results from a small pilot study appear promising.
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GRIP: Rape Intervention Project in South Africa

GRIP, a non-profit organization in South Africa, addresses sexual violence and HIV/AIDS in underserved communities through a wide array of services ranging from on-call support for abuse victims to HIV testing and antiretroviral therapy to primary prevention in schools.
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  Public Health Responses to Racism and Domestic Violence
By Joanne Brewer, MPH

The intersections between racism, health, and domestic violence require a coordinated public health response to address different forms of racism (institutional, personal/individual, internalized). Examples of how the Boston Public Health Commission and its Domestic Violence Program have integrated anti-racism principles into its mission and services are described.
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Investigating the Intersection between HIV and Sexual and Domestic Violence in Central America
By Farah Nageer

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has launched a pilot project in Belize, Honduras, and Nicaragua to examine the intersecting epidemics of violence against women and HIV in Central America. Descriptive studies are being conducted with survivors of sexual and domestic violence and women living with HIV in each country to provide baseline data and develop culturally relevant strategies for integrated services.
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LA VIDA Summer Prevention Program for Teens
By Jessie Urban

This program targets culturally diverse teens to promote healthy relationships and prevent dating violence. The curriculum incorporates a variety of interactive learning strategies including journaling, artwork, and poetry.
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If Only
By Betty Wytias

A survivor who has taken a leadership role in ending domestic violence in her community shares her vision for comprehensive and compassionate care for victims of domestic violence.
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