Transfers, Behavior Change Communication, and Intimate Partner Violence: Postprogram Evidence from Rural Bangladesh

60 Pages Posted: 11 Sep 2017

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Shalini Roy

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Melissa Hidrobo

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

John Hoddinott

Cornell University

Akhter U. Ahmed

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Date Written: September 9, 2017

Abstract

Transfer programs have been shown to reduce intimate partner violence (IPV), but little evidence exists on how activities linked to transfers affect IPV or what happens when programs end. We assess postprogram impacts on IPV of randomly assigning women in Bangladesh to receive cash or food, with or without nutrition behavior change communication (BCC). Six to 10 months postprogram, IPV did not differ between women receiving transfers and a control group; however, women receiving transfers with BCC experienced 26 percent less physical violence. Evidence on mechanisms suggests sustained effects of BCC on women’s threat points, men’s social costs of violence, and household well-being.

Keywords: transfers, behavior change communication, intimate partner violence, social protection, gender, Bangladesh

Suggested Citation

Roy, Shalini and Hidrobo, Melissa and Hoddinott, John and Ahmed, Akhter U., Transfers, Behavior Change Communication, and Intimate Partner Violence: Postprogram Evidence from Rural Bangladesh (September 9, 2017). IFPRI Discussion Paper 1676, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3034372

Shalini Roy (Contact Author)

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Melissa Hidrobo

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

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John Hoddinott

Cornell University ( email )

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Akhter U. Ahmed

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) ( email )

1201 Eye St, NW,
Washington, DC 20005
United States

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