Intimate Partner Violence in Sri Lanka
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is the physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse by an intimate partner (boyfriend/husband) or a former partner. The majority of victims of IPV are women. Women in South Asia have been found to be at a greater risk for IPV than women in other parts of the world.
Evidence from Sri Lanka highlights up to 80% of women in different locations have experienced IPV at some time during their life. Knowledge of IPV in SL is based on limited research drawn mainly from the Sinhalese majority community due to a 25-year long civil war, with limited access to Sri Lanka’s Tamil community in the North and East. Previous work among the Sri Lankan Tamil diaspora in Canada and Tamils in eastern Sri Lanka as well as recent studies in the Sinhalese communities in Sri Lanka and Canada show that IPV is often overlooked, under-reported, and poorly managed.