Original Article

Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 24, Issue 4, pp 221-229

First online:

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

  • Lauren L. JosephsAffiliated withCenter for Health Futures at Florida Hospital Email author 
  • , Eileen Mazur AbelAffiliated withSchool of Social Work at the University of Central Florida

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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-American Black women HIV/AIDS Intimate partner violence IPV Domestic violence DV Health disparities