WINGS (Women Initiating New Goals of Safety)

Intimate partner violence (IPV and other forms of gender-based violence (GBV) disproportionately affect women who use drugs (WWUD). WINGS is an evidence-based screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment service tool that is designed to identify different types of IPV and GBV among WWUD, enable them to develop safety planning strategies, strengthen their social support network and identify and access different services to reduce their risks for experiencing GBV, WINGS can be delivered in 1o 2 sessions and has been integrated with HIV counseling and testing and linkage to HIV treatment interventions. WINGS may be delivered by a helping professional or peer advocate with sufficient training. There is also a computerized self-paced model of WINGS available that was found to be equally effective. Although WINGS was initially developed for WWUD in NYC, it has been adapted for women in Kyrgyzstan and India. WINGS has also been adapted for women who engage in sex work.


Intimate Partner Violence among women who use drugs and/or alcohol

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is a serious public health threat among women who use drugs and/or alcohol (WWUD). Failure to address IPV among WWUD has been found to increase the likelihood of continued drug use, relapse, attrition from drug treatment and host of other negative physical and mental health consequences


Rates of all types of IPV among WWUD have been found to be 3-5 times higher than among the general population of women.

95% WWUD who experience IPV never receive any IPV-related services. 95%

Implementing Wings


WINGS may be delivered by a facilitator, counselor, social worker, case manager/case worker, other helping professional or a peer advocate with sufficient training. We developed a computerized self-paced version of WINGS that covers the same core SBIRT components as the facilitator version of WINGS and has been found to be equally effective in identifying different types of IPV, increasing IPV self-efficacy, and increasing social support and access to IPV services.




Project Wings is currently being implemented in the United States, Kyrgyzstan and India.