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Honor Killings and the Quest for Justice in Black and Minority Ethnic Communities in the United Kingdom

NCJ Number
Criminal Justice Policy Review Volume: 20 Issue: 4 Dated: December 2009 Pages: 475-494
Aisha Gill
Date Published
December 2009
20 pages
This article investigates the relationship between gender and violence in communities where honor-based violence (HBV) is committed focusing in particular on the status of women in Black and minority ethnic communities in the United Kingdom.
Crimes of honor are characterized by violence against women (VAW) and are consequently not gender neutral. This article not only examines the relationship between gender and violence in communities where honor crimes are committed, focusing on the status of women in South Asian communities, but also considers other contexts in which these crimes are practiced. Criminal justice responses to the issue over the last 10 years are then examined, leading to an analysis of a round-table discussion intended to consider approaches to the issue. The viability of criminalization is called into question because the official response to these crimes is often insensitive to women's cultural circumstances. Recommendations are made to help reduce the numbers of these crimes. References (Published Abstract)