Addressing the intersections of violence and HIV/AIDS: A qualitative study of service providers

Anthony S. DiStefano, Randolph D. Hubach

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This article examines what measures health care and social service providers take to address intersections between various forms of violence and HIV/AIDS in the delivery of services to their clients/patients. We operated within an organizational/interactional uncertainty theoretical framework and analyzed qualitative interview data from 30 providers offering services related to violence or HIV/AIDS in the San Francisco Bay Area. We found that providers used several strategies to mitigate crossover risk, but they enacted these measures on a case-by-case basis and tended not to follow a dedicated and complete protocol with every client/patient. We also identify nine factors that affected providers' capacity to discern and effectively address violence-HIV/AIDS intersections, present providers' descriptions of their needs in terms of addressing crossover risk, and discuss implications for interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-52
Number of pages20
JournalViolence and Victims
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2011


  • Abuse
  • Crossover risk
  • Organizational framework
  • Protocols


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