This report details research exploring the underlying drivers, triggers, risks and influencing factors for intimate partner violence (IPV) in South Asia. It contains a full account of primary research undertaken in three South Asian countries with high levels of IPV: Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan. While there is considerable evidence from the perspective of IPV survivors, relatively little is known about what drives men and boys’ attitudes and perpetration of IPV, and therefore what are the most appropriate programme and policy responses. This work attempts to fill some of these knowledge gaps by exploring three key questions:
- To what extent do social norms drive male perpetration of IPV in South Asia?
- In what ways do broader political economic dynamics shape attitudes, behaviours and service provision regarding IPV?
- What are the entry points for policy and programming to tackle male perpetration of IPV?
Individual country reports investigating the multi-level factors that act as drivers and triggers of IPV are available below.