PAVE – University of Copenhagen

Across the world, violence against women is a pernicious problem with far-reaching consequences for women’s health. This project focuses on a culturally ingrained yet relatively invisible form of violence: that which occurs within intimate relationships. A growing body of evidence suggests that intimate partner violence lies behind some of the most intractable reproductive health problems of our times, yet little is known about the socio-somatic pathways by which violence affects women’s health.

This project aims to produce new knowledge about the consequences for women’s sexual and reproductive health of violence exercised by an intimate partner and to provide suggestions for how gender-based violence can be addressed at the primary health care level in low- and middle-income countries. The research is carried out in Tanzania and Vietnam, two countries where reported rates of intimate partner violence are high despite explicit government commitment to enhance gender equality.

This project is a research partnership between the University of Copenhagen, the University of Southern Denmark, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical College, and Hanoi Medical University. The project is funded by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.