WINDY CITY TIMES
||White House addressing
intersection of HIV/AIDS,
violence with women, girls
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The White House has announced developments in connection with October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Last year, the Interagency Federal Working Group released a report, "Addressing the Intersection of HIV/AIDS, Violence against Women and Girls, and Gender—Related Health Disparities." The report outlined five major recommendations and emphasized the need for cross-agency collaboration to better address how violence against women and girls influences HIV acquisition and negatively affects the health of women living with HIV.
There are now accomplishments stemming from this report. The U.S. Department of Justice ( DOJ ) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's ( HUD's ) Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS ( HOPWA ) program have partnered to coordinate their expertise and resources to address the housing needs of this vulnerable population.
Also, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration ( SAMHSA ) is releasing a Trauma-Informed Approaches concept paper ( at store.samhsa.gov/product/SMA14-4884 ) that identifies a new framework to address trauma experiences and victimization. This framework aims to help individuals, like women living with HIV, to modify negative behaviors resulting from trauma and ultimately improve health outcomes.
In addition, the Office of National AIDS Policy, in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President and Council on Women and Girls, has released a report with the first annual update on activities taking place across the federal government in response to these recommendations. It's at www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/hiv_vaw_grhd_report.pdf .
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