Intimate partner violence (IPV) is the physical, sexual and/or emotional abuse by a current or former intimate partner. Worldwide, the majority of victims of IPV are women. Research suggests that women in South Asia are at a greater risk for IPV than women in other parts of the world.

Project Goals

The overall aim of the project is to strengthen the health sector’s response to IPV in Sri Lanka 


The specific objectives of the project are to: 


1) identify gaps in knowledge, skills, and resources, as well as best practices/innovative initiatives to address IPV in healthcare settings in Sri Lanka


2) strengthen existing research networks and build sustainable, mutually-beneficial, collaborative relationships with community, academic, and policymaker partners in Sri Lanka and Canada


3) generate new knowledge that informs practice and policy changes to improve care/services to Sri Lanka women experiencing IPV


4) determine the nature of and support for policy changes that improve IPV care and services in Sri Lanka