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Futures Without Violence: Health, Healing and Relationships: Intimate Partner Violence, Trauma and HIV

Monday, February 15, 2021

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.

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. This training will require a total of 7 hours over the course of one month and is comprised of four main components:
- 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
- Live 3 hour training on March 10, 2021 to discuss concepts and practice key strategies from the pre-recorded sessions
- A podcast series, Expanding the Continuum, addressing the nuances of HIV care for survivors.
- Follow up office hours to provide technical assistance for implementation in your communities.
- Option to stay engaged in an on-going field building community

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 alarson@futureswithoutviolence.org

For more details about this Virtual Training Event:
https://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/health-healing-relationships-intimate-partner-violence-trauma-hiv/

Please have all members of your team submit a registration form by Monday, February 15, 2021, 5pm PT.