'Honour'-based violence in Kurdish communities

Aisha K. Gill*, Nazand Begikhani, Gill Hague

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

While there is a considerable body of literature dealing with various forms of violence against women, comparatively little research has explored the phenomenon of 'honour'-based violence (HBV) within the Kurdish diaspora. This paper seeks to challenge both dominant understandings of HBV and the institutional structures that underpin its context-specific practice as a method for controlling and subjugating women. In doing so, the paper draws on original research involving thirty-four in-depth interviews with stakeholders working to address HBV in Kurdish communities in Britain: the interviewees included police officers, prosecutors, staff from government bodies and staff from women's non-governmental organisations. After exploring the role of 'shame' and 'honour' in Kurdish communities, and how value-systems predicated on gendered understandings of these concepts give rise to HBV, the paper offers a number of recommendations for improving policy and practice, especially in relation to police responses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-85
Number of pages11
JournalWomen's Studies International Forum
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012

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