Help-Seeking to Cope With Experiences of Violence Among Women Living With HIV in Canada

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Using baseline data from a community-collaborative cohort of women living with HIV in Canada, we assessed the prevalence and correlates of help-seeking among 1,057 women who reported experiencing violence in adulthood (≥16 years). After violence, 447 (42%) sought help, while 610 (58%) did not. Frequently accessed supports included health care providers (n = 313, 70%), family/friends (n = 244, 55%), and non-HIV community organizations (n = 235, 53%). All accessed supports were perceived as helpful. Independent correlates of help-seeking included reporting a previous mental health diagnosis, a history of injection drug use, experiencing childhood violence, and experiencing sexism. We discuss considerations for better supporting women who experience violence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)823-850
Number of pages28
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Mar 2022
Externally publishedYes

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  • HIV
  • community-based research
  • help-seeking
  • violence
  • women


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