HIV and violence against women in Belize

Case Studies & Research
34 p.

The overall objective of this study was to explore the potential intersections between two forms of violence against women (VAW) - partner violence and non-partner violence - among users of VAW and HIV services and to document their experiences, knowledge and perceptions on HIV and violence. The information was collected using a standardized questionnaire in each participant country in order to collect and compare data in a multi-country analysis. In Belize seventy-four (74) women were interviewed, 32 users of HIV services and 42 users of VAW services countrywide during 2007. All the women interviewed were 18 years of age or older. This study made it possible to compile and analyze information about the HIV and VAW epidemics in Belize that will be used to adapt existing instruments and to review policies and strategies at the national and local levels.

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