While intimate partner violence has long been understood as a factor driving HIV risk, research and policy has only recently begun to recognise its influence in the lives of women already living with HIV. Partner violence may be particularly challenging during pregnancy, and when women skip HIV medicine at this time it can be especially risky for the health of a woman and her infant. This Learning Lab highlights recent work in measuring and addressing partner violence within the cascade of prevention of mother-to child HIV transmission (PMTCT).
Abigail M Hatcher is an Honorary Associate Professor at the School of Public Health of University of the Witwatersrand. Dr. Hatcher designs and tests interventions for addressing HIV care and treatment alongside intimate partner violence (IPV). Her mixed-methods research focuses on pregnant women, young men and couples in Johannesburg, South Africa and Kisumu, Kenya.