VIDEO: "Empowered" campaign offers support to women living with HIV and violence

This month, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Greater Than AIDS has teamed up with The National Domestic Violence Hotline, loveisrespect, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Positive Women's Network – USA, The Well Project and The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in presenting "Empowered: Women, HIV and Intimate Partner Violence."

One in three women in the United States will experience intimate partner violence, but for women living with HIV, that statistic becomes as high as one in two.

"Empowered's" mission is to bring attention to the situations of and offer resources to women who are living with or are at risk of HIV and violence. The campaign aims to inform and inspire action in communities across the country.

"Our goal is for women to know that they are not alone and that there is help available," said Cameka Crawford, Chief Communications Officer at the National Domestic Violence Hotline and loveisrespect.

As reported by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, women who experience intimate partner violence have an increased risk of HIV infection. Women already living with HIV can find it difficult to maintain their health while facing abuse. Disclosure of an HIV status may also lead to abuse or violence.

The campaign released a twenty minute video, moderated by Tonya Lewis Lee, an author, producer, lawyer and advocate for women's health, tells the stories of five women living with HIV who have lived through partner abuse and violence. Topics discussed in the video include recognizing the warning signs of abuse, getting out of an abusive situation and moving forward.

Resources for the self, family and community are available on "Empowered's" website. You can also learn more by visiting glaad.org/hiv.

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