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A closer look at relational aspects of intimate partner violence

Household decision making, romantic jealousy and IPV

Sexual exploitation of girls in Tanzania

This presentation will focus on the less studied, “relational level” of the socio-ecological model of intimate partner violence (IPV), taking a close look at the associations of household decision making, romantic jealousy, and suspicion of infidelity on the experience of intimate partner violence.

The exploration of household decision-making, as an indicator of women’s empowerment, and its association with IPV has so far yielded mixed results, mostly due to measurement issues. Given the sizeable investment in women’s empowerment initiatives, and their potential to improve women’s health, it is important to elucidate the relationship between household decision-making and IPV.

Dr. Ana Maria Buller will discuss this relationship, drawing on examples from her collaborative work and studies in Uganda and Ecuador. Romantic jealousy and infidelity are commonly cited triggers of IPV, but they are under-researched when thinking about mechanisms and pathways of association, and their link with emotional IPV and controlling behaviours.

Marjorie Pichon will present preliminary results from the Jealousy and IPV collaborative an ongoing project delving into these issues, using examples from a global systematic review, and secondary analysis of qualitative and quantitative data from Ecuador, Germany, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda.


About the speakers

Dr Buller is an Assistant Professor in social sciences and Deputy Director of the Gender Violence and Health Centre at LSHTM. Dr Buller has extensive experience in conducting mixed methods social science research, impact evaluations and systematic reviews. Her main research interests lay on the intersection of gender based violence (including interpersonal and domestic violence against women and among MSM, labour and sexual exploitation and child domestic work) health and development with a focus on prevention in LMIC (low and middle income countries). She currently heads the Learning Initiative on Norms, Exploitation and Abuse (LINEA), and the Romantic Jealousy and IPV collaborative.

Marjorie Pichon MSc, is a Research Assistant for the Gender Violence & Health Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). In this position she has worked on two systematic reviews; the first on the social norms, attitudes, and factual beliefs linked to the sexual exploitation of children and adolescents worldwide, and the second as part of a project on the mechanisms and pathways of romantic jealousy and infidelity in intimate partner violence.


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