P4P recognizes that in order to prevent gender-based violence, we need to better understand the epidemic itself. What types of violence most commonly occur? What factors drive perpetration of gender-based violence? What are the differences across settings or countries? Rigorous and ethical research for prevention aims to answer these questions, in order to develop a picture of gender-based violence in a certain context and enable us to better pinpoint the ways in which we can prevent violence.
P4P's research team provided comprehensive technical support to national and regional partners to conduct research and analysis on gender-based violence across Asia and the Pacific. P4P helped key partners in the region: to build capacity and technical expertise to conduct rigorous research and analysis; to apply research to develop evidence-based programmes and policies; and developed mechanisms to enhance sharing of gender-based violence related research for more effective gender-based violence programming and policies.
P4P also coordinated the UN Multi-country Study on Men and Violence in Asia and the Pacific, which surveyed more than 10,000 men and 3,000 women in nine sites across six countries (Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea) to produce the largest quantitative data set on men and violence for the region.
While research on women’s experiences of violence must remain a first priority, it only gives half the picture. We know that men are the primary perpetrators of gender-based violence; thus research to understand women’s experiences of violence should be complemented by research with men, to understand why some men use violence and other men do not. Learn more about the UN Multi-country Study on Men and Violence here.