Drivers of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women in Three Refugee Camps

Karin Wachter, Rebecca Horn, Elsa Friis, Kathryn Falb, Leora Ward, Christine Apio, Sophia Wanjiku, Eve Puffer

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This qualitative study examined the “drivers” of intimate partner violence (IPV) against women in displacement to identify protective factors and patterns of risk. Qualitative data were collected in three refugee camps in South Sudan, Kenya, and Iraq (N = 284). Findings revealed interrelated factors that triggered and perpetuated IPV: gendered social norms and roles, destabilization of gender norms and roles, men’s substance use, women’s separation from family, and rapid remarriages and forced marriages. These factors paint a picture of individual, family, community and societal processes that exacerbate women’s risk of IPV in extreme conditions created by displacement. Implications for policy and practice are indicated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)286-306
Number of pages21
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • displacement
  • domestic violence
  • qualitative research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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