Understanding intimate partner violence in Pakistan through a male lens

Research reports and studies
March 2017
Rozina Karmaliani, Nargis Asad, Kausar S. Khan, Sohail Bawani, Tazeen Saeed Ali, Nicola Jones, Taveeshi Gupta, Anita Allana, Hussain Maqbool, Yasmeen Somani and David Walker
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Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a major public health and human rights issue in Pakistan, and is rooted in a wider context of stark gender inequality. There are few detailed studies on IPV in Pakistan, and even fewer which engage with men and boys. 

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

It investigates 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 this report are part of a broader regional study of the perpetration of IPV by men and boys across South Asia.