Intimate partner violence against women in Pakistan: A review of qualitative research

Tazeen Saeed Ali, Rida Farhan, Michelle Ayub

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Objectives: To consolidate research data and provide an insight into areas that need further research regarding intimate partner violence. Method: The review targeted qualitative research-based studies done in the English language and conducted in Pakistan from 2008 to 2018 regarding intimate partner violence against women. A thorough search of Google Scholar and PubMed databases was done. Data from each selected article was extracted using a data-extraction template. Results: Of the 2,479 results, 21(0.8%) articles were selected along with 4(0.16%) texts from grey literature. An in-depth analysis led to six broad categories: experiences/perspectives of married women facing intimate partner violence; perspectives of married men towards intimate partner violence; perspectives of religious leaders who support the idea of men controlling their wives; societal norms, such as dowry, patriarchy and daughters being considered a burden; impact on women and family as damage to the women's physical and mental health affects not only her but also the society as a whole; and coping strategies used by most women. Conclusion: The review helps in understanding the common trends and situation of Pakistani women who are exposed to violence, the common limitations faced by researches, and areas which require further research to prevent intimate partner violence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)892-903
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2020


  • Domestic violence
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Pakistan
  • Qualitative
  • Review
  • Spousal violence


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