Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 24, Issue 4, pp 221–229

Investigating the Relationship Between Intimate Partner Violence and HIV Risk-Propensity in Black/African-American Women

Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10896-009-9223-x

Cite this article as:
Josephs, L.L. & Abel, E.M. J Fam Viol (2009) 24: 221. doi:10.1007/s10896-009-9223-x


This study explored the relationship between Intimate Partner Violence and HIV Risk-Propensity in African-American women. An anonymous questionnaire was completed by a community based sample of 200 African American women with a varied history of intimate partner violence, to determine whether being in a violent relationship impacts HIV risk. Various statistical techniques, including structural equation modeling (SEM), bivariate correlation analyses and ANOVA were used to examine the data. A strong positive correlation was found to exist between sexual coercion and Intimate Partner Violence. In the effort to fortify prevention strategies, and reduce the rates of HIV infection in African-American women, additional factors that impact disease transmission were discussed. Implications for social work/mental health practice and suggestions for future research were made.


African-AmericanBlack womenHIV/AIDSIntimate partner violenceIPVDomestic violenceDVHealth disparities

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Health Futures at Florida HospitalWinter ParkUSA
  2. 2.School of Social Work at the University of Central FloridaOrlandoUSA