Tackling intimate partner violence in South Asia: why working with men and boys matters for women

Research reports and studies
March 2017
Fiona Samuels, Nicola Jones and Taveeshi Gupta
Men joining hands in Pakistan. David Walker ODI/2016

This report explores multi-level influences that shape the perpetration of intimate partner violence (IPV) by men and boys in South Asia. It also examines the policy, programming and institutional dynamics that mediate attitudes and behaviours around IPV. Drawing on a mixed-methods approach from three countries facing different forms of state fragility – Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan – it explores three key questions:

  1. To what extent do social norms drive male perpetration of IPV in South Asia?
  2. In what ways do broader political economic dynamics shape attitudes, behaviours and service provision regarding IPV?
  3. What are the entry points for policy and programming to tackle male perpetration of IPV?

The report provides programming and policy recommendations to tackle IPV in South Asia. It stresses the importance of engaging with men and boys in efforts to tackle IPV, particularly given a backlash that appears to be growing as women become more empowered in the region.

This report is based on a longer version, 'Men and intimate partner violence: From research to action in Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan' authored by Fiona Samuels, Nicola Jones and Taveeshi Gupta with Anita Ghimire, Rozina Karmaliani, Ruchira Tabassum Naved, and Kathryn M. Yount.