Patriarchy's Link to Intimate Partner Violence: Applications to Survivors’ Asylum Claims

Daniel G. Saunders, Tina Jiwatram-Negrón, Natalie Nanasi, Iris Cardenas

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Eligibility for asylum for survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) has recently been contested. We summarize social science evidence to show how such survivors generally meet asylum criteria. Studies consistently show a relationship between patriarchal factors and IPV, thereby establishing a key asylum criterion that women are being persecuted because of their status as women. Empirical support is also provided for other asylum criteria, specifically: patriarchal norms contribute to state actors’ unwillingness to protect survivors, and survivors’ political opinions are linked to an escalation of perpetrators’ violence. The findings have implications for policy reform and supporting individual asylum-seekers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1998-2021
Number of pages24
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number11
StatePublished - Sep 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • asylum
  • intimate partner violence
  • patriarchy
  • sexism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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