Exploring Intimate Partner Violence: Seeking Solutions to Empower Women in Nepal

Sephali Pokharel, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to explore intimate partner violence (IPV) and seek solutions to empower women and girls in Nepal. The details of the different patterns of IPV are fully understood, and there is evidence found through research studies that women in remote parts of Nepal are vulnerable to IPV. A series of research studies have been conducted to describe the patterns of IPV and policies to address the problem. The paper will first provide information about the problem, including the definition of intimate partner violence (IPV) and the significance of the issue in Nepal. The paper will further explore the intersections of gender, class, race, nationality, and religion to understand how women and girls are most affected by gender violence. The paper will further explain the different policies and programs for survivors, and highlight the Nepalese women’s voices and agency. The final section of this study includes the scholarly articles conducted by the researchers to support a concluding discussion on solutions, policy implication, and recommendations, including the need for legal initiatives and medical support for the victims of IPV. Information concerning IPV cases has been gathered using the secondary sources that include surveys and interviews conducted by the experts who are knowledgeable in the field. The results have demonstrated that most women experienced IPV in marriage. The subsequent articles explain that we need examine early marriage and family violence in both rural and urban settings. Most of the cases were related to a family history of violence, witnessing of violence, alcohol consumption and lack of education. These results also show traditional beliefs and socioeconomic factors as significant contributors to the problem. The results have indicated that violence against women is pervasive in Nepal. Policies regarding poverty alleviation and educational attainment are overriding priorities to empower women and girls.