Health, Healing and Relationships: Intimate Partner Violence, Trauma and HIV

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A virtual training opportunity for HIV testing and care settings and their local domestic violence partner agency.

March 10th, 2021 9am PT/11am CT/12pm ET – 12pm PT/2pm CT/3pm ET

Register by Monday, February 15th!

The intersections between HIV and gender based violence are critical to address when trying to enhance both violence and HIV prevention efforts, and to improve health outcomes for survivors. Experiences of childhood and adulthood abuse are now recognized as risk factors for acquiring HIV and barriers to optimal engagement in and retention in HIV healthcare. Because trauma and PTSD are known to predict poorer HIV-related health outcomes, culturally-responsive interventions that effectively address the intersections of violence, connected forms of structural oppression, and HIV must be considered an integral component of HIV healthcare and domestic and sexual violence service provision.

Learning objectives

As a result of this training, participants will be better able to:

  • Define intimate partner violence (IPV) in the context of lifetime experiences of trauma.
  • Identify three ways (IPV) and trauma affects health for people living with HIV
  • Describe the intersection between gender based violence and STIs/HIV and how IPV affects HIV health outcomes and access to care
  • Identify elements of the CUES methodology to assess for relationship abuse and trauma and respond appropriately to disclosures
  • Describe harm reduction strategies including partner notification, health access and health promotion
  • Make a plan to build partnerships with local support organizations.

Featured Faculty:

  • Dr. Elizabeth Miller, Chief of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
  • Dr. Suad Kapetanovic, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, USC Keck School of Medicine.

Training Components

This virtual training is designed for teams of HIV care providers and domestic and sexual violence advocates to learn the CUES intervention and get support implementing the approach in their communities. The virtual training is comprised of four main components:

  1. Pre-recorded sessions on IPV 101, the intersections between HIV and IPV, the health effects of IPV and a primer on the CUES methodology for IPV prevention and response
  2. Live 3 hour training on March 10, 2021 to discuss concepts and practice key strategies from the pre-recorded sessions 
  3. A podcast series, Expanding the Continuum, addressing the nuances of HIV care for survivors. 
  4. Follow up office hours to provide technical assistance for implementation in your communities. 
  5. Option to stay engaged in an on-going field building community.

Registration Form:

We strongly recommend that you:

  • Identify a team of staff from the HIV clinic including key decision makers, clinical and support staff to participate in this training to improve the likelihood of sustainable implementation. Having a leadership team, composed of individuals from all parts of the organization, in place to learn the methodology together will serve its success.
  • Identify and invite partners from your local Domestic and Sexual Violence program to participate in this training with your team. This is especially important because the CUES methodology relies on local partnerships to make it successful. Having pathways for cross referral and support for survivors serves to make your services better for your whole community. If you do not already have a relationship with your local program, visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline website and search for your local program on their resource lists, organized by State and Territory.
    • For further technical assistance with identifying a domestic or sexual violence program partner, reach out to Abby Larson at 


This Virtual Training Event will require a total of 7 hours over the course of one month, including the 3 hour live event on March 10, 2021, with optional office hours available for technical assistance on implementation. Listening to the podcast series, Expanding the Continuum, is also optional and can be accessed at any point before or after the training.

Continuing Education Credits 

Futures Without Violence/The National Health Resource Center on Domestic Violence is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians – MDs and DOs. This Learning event is designated for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity, and are responsible for verifying the acceptance of education units with their respective accreditation boards.

Other health professionals may complete the CME evaluation to receive a certificate, and are responsible for verifying the acceptance of education units with their respective accreditation boards.