Perceived Decline in Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in Bangladesh: Qualitative Evidence
Article first published online: 4 SEP 2013
© 2013 The Population Council, Inc.
Studies in Family Planning
Volume 44, Issue 3, pages 243–257, September 2013
How to Cite
Schuler, S. R., Lenzi, R., Nazneen, S. and Bates, L. M. (2013), Perceived Decline in Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in Bangladesh: Qualitative Evidence. Studies in Family Planning, 44: 243–257. doi: 10.1111/j.1728-4465.2013.00356.x
- Issue published online: 4 SEP 2013
- Article first published online: 4 SEP 2013
The Bangladesh government, nongovernmental organizations, donors, and advocacy groups have attempted various interventions to promote gender equality and reduce intimate partner violence (IPV) against women, but rigorous evaluations of these interventions are rare and few published studies have yet to show that any of them has had a substantial impact. This study presents qualitative evidence from four villages in central and northern Bangladesh drawn from 11 group discussions (6 with men, 5 with women), 16 open-ended interviews with men, and 62 women's life history narratives. The findings strongly suggest that IPV is declining in these villages as women's economic roles expand and they gain a stronger sense of their rights. Periodic surveys are recommended to measure trends in the incidence of IPV in settings where transitions in gender systems are under way.