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

Authors
  • Gormley, Rebecca1, 2
  • Nicholson, Valerie1, 2
  • Parry, Rebeccah1
  • Lee, Melanie1
  • Webster, Kath1
  • Sanchez, Margarite1
  • Cardinal, Claudette1, 2
  • Li, Jenny2
  • Wang, Lu2
  • Balleny, Rosa1
  • de Pokomandy, Alexandra3
  • Loutfy, Mona4, 5
  • Kaida, Angela1, 6
  • 1 Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. , (Canada)
  • 2 British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. , (Canada)
  • 3 Chronic Viral Illness Service, McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. , (Canada)
  • 4 Women's College Research Institute, Women's College Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. , (Canada)
  • 5 Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. , (Canada)
  • 6 Division of AIDS, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. , (Canada)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Violence against women
Publication Date
Mar 01, 2022
Volume
28
Issue
3-4
Pages
823–850
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/10778012211019047
PMID: 34269116
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

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.

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