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Women living with HIV and intimate partner violence: Questions & Answers

Thursday, 21 July 2016 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Women, Legal, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

A new guide produced by HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO), the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, METRAC and the AIDS Committee of Toronto.

Women living with HIV and intimate partner violence: Questions & Answers

Abuse by an intimate partner is not only wrong - it can be against the law. Yet, intimate partner violence is one of the most common forms of violence against women. Intimate partner violence can be physical, emotional, psychological or sexual abuse from someone with whom you have or had an intimate relationship.

This guide is for women, including trans women, who are living with HIV and who experience or are at risk of experiencing violence from their intimate partner. 

This guide provides information about different laws that may apply to women experiencing intimate partner violence, including information about how the criminal law affects intimate relationships for people living with HIV.

Says the guide "“The law can be very complicated. Women living with HIV who experience intimate partner violence may face complex legal problems. The legal system is even more complicated for women if they are mothers, disabled, racialized, Indigenous, new to Canada or not Canadian citizens. Women living with HIV may have concerns about privacy and disclosing their HIV status. This guide helps inform women living with HIV about relevant criminal, privacy, family, immigration and public health laws, and how HIV can affect the way the laws might apply.” 

The guide is available from the HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO) website here. It can be printed as a booklet in Adobe Reader/Acrobat. 

As always, HALCO provides free legal services for people living with HIV in Ontario.  We encourage you to refer everyone who is diagnosed with HIV to us for free legal advice.  We practice a very broad range of law.  People can call us at 416-340-7790 or toll-free at 1-888-705-8889.  Our intake hours for new legal inquiries are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.