Adapting an Evidence-Based HIV-Prevention Intervention for Women in Domestic Violence Shelters

Cavanaugh, C. E.,
Campbell, J.,
Braxton, N.,
Harvey, J.,
Wingood, G.
Year Published: 2016
Journal Article
Journal Name: 
Psychology of Violence
Volume: 6

Issue: 3
American Psychological Association (APA)
Special Issue: Interventions for Violence

Despite the documented link between intimate partner violence (IPV) and HIV, evidence-based HIV prevention interventions for female survivors of IPV are lacking. In this article, the authors describe the adaptation and implementation of an effective HIV prevention intervention, Sisters Informing Sisters About Topics on AIDS (SISTA), for women in domestic violence shelters. The adaptation process was guided by the ADAPT-ITT framework, data from staff and residents of two domestic violence shelters, and feedback from topical experts. Eleven of 12 staff members reported that their shelters  had never implemented HIV interventions, and 7 reported they had not provided residents with educational brochures about HIV prevention. Key changes made to SISTA included reducing the intervention’s duration; adding education about the intersection of IPV, substance use, and HIV; and adding an HIV risk assessment and safety plan. Modified Author Abstract.

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