Gender-based violence is recognized globally as a significant issue for social development, public health, and human rights that crosses regional, social, and cultural boundaries. However, researchers have only recently begun to address prevention and responses to violence against women in Central Asian settings. This panel will explore the social structure and effects of cultural influences and norms on institutional responses in Kyrgyzstan, comparing and contrasting how these challenges are manifested in the societal contexts of Kyrgyzstan and the United States. Each presenter will provide perspectives and insights from recent empirical research about how progress on eliminating genderbased violence can be achieved. The first presentation will examine the prevalence of intimate-partner violence among substance-involved women, and will present the findings from a recently conducted study that adapted and tested the feasibility and preliminary effects of a two-session evidence-based psychosocial and harm reduction intervention, conducted by partner non-governmental organizations in Kyrgyzstan. The second presentation will discuss institutional support services for survivors of gender-based violence provided through criminal justice, social work, and public health services in Kyrgyzstan, and will examine the reasons for ineffective institutional performance issues from the perspectives of the responders. The third presentation will discuss men's role in bride-kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan focusing on the broader system of relations and roles that comprise the process of bride kidnapping. The fourth presentation will explore the utility of Islam and patriarchal norms in the assimilation and acculturation experiences of Central Asian male immigrants in the United States, and their attitudes towards masculinity and gender relations. By comparing and seeking to synthesize the contributions of these perspectives, the panel will illuminate different contexts of gender-based violence among different vulnerable populations, and barriers to intervention. The panel will discuss potential entry points and pathways for change that may help break down these barriers and facilitate successful social development, criminal justice, and public health responses.