Gender, power, and violence: A systematic review of measures and their association with male perpetration of intimate partner violence (Open access)

8 May, 2020

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Gender, power, and violence: A systematic review of measures and their association with male perpetration of intimate partner violence

Inequitable gender norms, views on the acceptability of violence against women, and power in relationships have been explored as key drivers of male perpetration of intimate partner violence (IPV). Yet such antecedents have been inconsistently measured in the empirical literature. Understanding how particular scales perform is important for identifying antecedents to IPV perpetration, targeting interventions, and monitoring progress in IPV prevention efforts. In a systematic review, the Evidence Project identified and catalogued into a database measures of gender inequitable norms, views, relations and practices that are used in the field. In an analysis of those studies that assessed links between gender and power measures with IPV perpetration, we learned that 74% of the 23 studies reviewed found at least one positive relationship between a gender inequity measure and an IPV outcome. Of the 64 specific measures identified, 45% were positively associated with IPV perpetration. Most consistently associated with IPV perpetration were measures inclusive of acceptance of violence against women or beliefs about men’s sexual entitlement, followed by scales that measured respondents’ views on gender roles and norms. Measures of relationship power (as reported by men) showed less consistent associations. There were few scales that measured peer or community norms.

Article: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0207091.

The Gender and Power Metrics database can be found https://gendermetrics.popcouncil.org/.

Sherry Hutchinson

Population Council

HIFA profile: Sherry Hutchinson is a Communications Staff Associate at Population Council, USA. shutchinson AT popcouncil.org