Missed Opportunities for Addressing Intimate Partner Violence Through Microcredit: Qualitative Findings From Bangladesh

Amber B. Robinson, Rob Stephenson, Katherine G. Merrill, Sophie Morse, Pamela J. Surkan

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Abstract

Microcredit has shown mixed results when used to reduce intimate partner violence (IPV). This study explored microcredit and IPV in Bangladesh by conducting 12 focus groups with married men and women. Participants described challenges to microcredit participation highlighting “missed opportunities” for reducing IPV, including needs to (a) prevent violence sparked by loan disputes, (b) incorporate skill development to improve women’s agency as a means of reducing IPV, and (c) mindfully engage men in the loan process to help address men’s unequal gender ideologies. These modifications to microcredit programs are proposed to maximize positive change on gender and IPV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalViolence Against Women
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • Bangladesh
  • intimate partner violence
  • microcredit

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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