About Gender-Based Violence

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The United Nations defines gender-based violence as any act that “results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivations of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.” Gender-based violence is largely male-patterned violence and can include the victimization of women, girls, men, boys, adolescents, and lesbian, gay, transgender, and gender non-conforming people.

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The Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence analyzes the types and dynamics of gender violence in Asian and Pacific Islander communities including domestic violence, sexual violence, domestic violence related homicide, abusive international marriages, elder abuse, HIV & IPV, forced marriage, and trafficking. We also analyze the cultural contexts, barriers and issues API survivors from immigrant, refugee, LGBTQ, Muslim, and ethnic-specific groups face.

Gender-Based Violence Worldwide & In Asia

Why do Some Men Use Violence Against Women and How Can We Prevent It? Quantitative Findings from the United Nations Multi-Country Study on Men and Violence in Asia and the Pacific, 2013

Findings from studies in Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea provide data on men’s use of sexual and physical violence against intimates and non-intimates, identify men’s risk factors for perpetration and offer prevention strategies. By Partners For Prevention