1st Edition

Honor-Based Violence Policing and Prevention

    227 Pages
    by Routledge

    228 Pages
    by Routledge

    Honor-based violence (HBV) is a crime committed to protect or defend the honor of a family and/or a community. It is usually triggered by the victim’s behavior, which the family and/or community regards as causing offense or dishonor. HBV has existed for thousands of years but has only very recently become a focus of law enforcement, policy makers, and statutory and non-statutory agencies. A volume in the Advances in Police Theory and Practice Series, Honor-Based Violence: Policing and Prevention is designed to assist all those who confront these crimes in understanding what HBV is, how it can be recognized, and how we can support the victims, families, and communities that experience it.

    Topics include:

    • An overview of what is known about the psychological and cultural factors relevant to understanding of HBV
    • Gaps in current knowledge and the strengths and weaknesses of various investigative and management strategies
    • Factors related to risk assessment of HBV
    • Best practices, based on the authors’ experience, for individuals involved in all levels of policing HBV—from first responders to those involved in strategic management
    • How working in partnership with multiple agencies can reduce risk, support investigations, and help protect victims
    • The importance of sensitivity toward differences in race, culture, and religion

    The research and best practices are drawn largely from the work done by the Violent Crime Directorate of the Metropolitan Police Service (London, UK) managed by authors Gerry Campbell and Glen Lloyd. The accessible style of this text makes it a valuable resource for law enforcement and policing professionals who investigate these crimes and a suitable textbook for policing and criminal justice courses.

    What Is Honor-Based Violence? Explanatory Theories of Honor-Based Violence. Effective Investigation of Honor-Based Violence 1: Primary Investigation. Effective Investigation of HBV 2: Secondary Investigation. Effective Investigation of HBV 3: Secondary Investigation, Issues with Offense Types. Effective Investigation of HBV Offenses 4: Secondary Investigation, Family Liaison Officers, Supervision, and Prosecution. Risk Management: Victim Risk and Community Impact Assessment. Multiagency Working and HBV. Communication Strategies. Children and Honor-Based Violence.


    Karl Roberts is a forensic psychologist and professor of policing and criminal justice at the University of Western Sydney in Australia. He also has a joint appointment as associate professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. His specific areas of expertise are within the broad field of interpersonal violence and law enforcement investigation, focusing on psychological and behavioral assessment of offenders, investigative interviewing, and threat assessment and management. He has particular interests in the psychology of honor and honor-based violence, and threat identification and management of violent crimes, such as stalking and honor-based crimes. He also has expertise in investigative interviewing by law enforcement and other agencies and has published a number of papers. He works closely with law enforcement and other agencies throughout Australia, the United Kingdom, Europe, and the United States providing training and advice to investigations in the form of threat assessments and investigative strategies. To date, he has provided advice to over 450 major police investigations.

    Gerry Campbell is detective chief superintendent with 26 years of service in London’s Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). He is currently the borough commander in central Inner London. He also is currently the United Kingdom’s Association of Chief Officer’s deputy lead for honor-based violence, forced marriage, and female genital mutilation. He co-authored ACPO’s first honor-based strategy. While leading high-risk operations, he has also led Scotland Yard’s policy development relating to public protection including domestic violence, honor-based violence, hate crimes, and the management of registered sexual offenders and dangerous offenders. He has chaired and led a number of strategic groups relating to these crime genres and has been an important part of key national strategy groups. He has worked with the U.K.