Women’s empowerment as a protective factor against intimate partner violence in Bangladesh: a qualitative exploration of the process and limitations of its influence
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CitationSchuler, S. R., Lenzi, R., Badal, S. H., & Bates, L. M. (2017). Women’s empowerment as a protective factor against intimate partner violence in bangladesh: A qualitative exploration of the process and limitations of its influence. Violence Against Women, 23(9), 1100-1121. 10.1177/1077801216654576
Literature on the relationship between intimate partner violence (IPV) against women and women’s empowerment is contradictory. Findings from a recent survey in rural Bangladesh suggest that empowerment is becoming protective even though IPV rates remain high. We construct qualitative case studies exploring factors and social processes underlying relationships between empowerment and IPV in four villages. Empowerment may be protective against IPV in the aggregate, but this relationship can be subverted at the micro level. Interventions are needed to reinforce the potential of empowerment to reduce IPV and counteract factors such as geographic isolation and limited employment opportunities that inhibit empowerment.