Understanding intimate partner violence in Bangladesh through a male lens

Research reports and studies
March 2017
Ruchira Tabassum Naved, Fiona Samuels, Taveeshi Gupta, Aloka Talukder, Virginie Le Masson, Kathryn M. Yount
A counsellor sits on a computer to take calls to the national helpline for violence against women and children

The rates of intimate partner violence (IPV) are high in Bangladesh, with 1 in 2 married women aged 15 and over reporting that they have endured physical and/or sexual violence during their lives.

In response to this issue, research on IPV in Bangladesh is growing, but data tends to focus on women’s reporting of exposure to IPV rather than male perpetration.

These reports aims to address evidence gaps by drawing on primary research from 2016 to understand the multi-level drivers of male perpetration of IPV in Bangladesh, including the relative importance of conservative gender norms.

The reports investigate how broader political-economy dynamics shape attitudes, behaviours and service provision related to IPV, and the associated implications for policy and practice to strengthen responses to the issue.

The findings discussed in these reports are part of a broader regional study of the perpetration of IPV by men and boys across South Asia.