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George Mason: Married Women Living with Disabilities in Nepal Experience More Intimate Partner Violence

A new study led by George Mason University College of Health and Human Services found that married women living with disabilities in Nepal are more likely to report experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV) than women without disabilities and that women with the most severe disabilities experienced the highest IPV levels. The study analyzed survey data of 1,800 married women in three districts in Western and Central Nepal.

Published in BMJ Global Health, assistant professor Dr. Jhumka Gupta, with adjunct professor Ms. Courtney Harris and colleagues at Rollins School of Public Health, Equal Access International, University College of London, and University of Pennsylvania, investigated how disability status and severity of impairment relate to women’s vulnerability to experiencing IPV, in-law perpetrated violence, and social support.

Compared to women without disabilities, women living with disabilities were also more likely to report experiencing violence from husbands’ family members. Women with the most severe forms of impairment reported the highest frequency of such violence.

“Women living with disabilities are highly vulnerable to gender-based violence,” says Dr. Gupta. “It is critical that the needs of women living with disabilities are integrated into ongoing IPV prevention and intervention work in low-income countries. This includes assuring accessibility, addressing gender inequity, and reducing social stigma against disability.”

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