Alice Heath

Alice Heath

MPP 2016
Alice Heath

Independent research: Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) against women in crisis settings
Adrienne Hall Women’s Mentorship Intern

Alice is writing a research paper on Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) against women in crisis settings.  Several reports have cited that rates of IPV increase in crisis settings such as conflict or natural disasters, most of which are anecdotal reporting from humanitarian organizations. Alice’s paper will review literature on IPV in crisis settings, and use available data to examine whether a crisis always increases rates of IPV, whether the change in rates of IPV varies with state and crisis-level factors and whether there are key drivers of increases in IPV in crisis areas.  Depending on availability of survey data from Women for Women, the paper will conclude with an in-depth case study into the experiences of IPV by Syrian Refugees in Northern Iraq.  Alice is completing this research under the supervision of Jeni Klugman, WAPPP fellow and former Director of Gender and Development at the World Bank Group.