1st Edition

Honour Based Crimes and the Law
Defining the Limits of Honour Based Violence and Abuse

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ISBN 9780367762711
May 10, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
320 Pages

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Book Description

Honour-related violence and abuse manifests itself in different forms and this book offers a comprehensive understanding of this phenomenon.

This book argues that the limits of honour crimes must be defined more widely so that they include conducts and behaviours that originate from the patriarchal notion of honour, such as honour-related oppression and breast ironing. The book provides a critical analysis and synthesis of the law in England and Wales and in the international human rights sphere. The relevant domestic legislation and cases are examined to reflect on whether adequate protection is provided for the victims and potential victims of honour-based violence and abuse. Since honour-based violence is a violation of human rights, the relevant international human rights law is examined to illustrate the perception of such crimes in the international arena. The effectiveness of any remedy for victims of honour-based violence and abuse depends on its capability to change deep rooted behaviours in communities with honour-related patriarchal values. This book argues that the law does not provide the effective impact required, in part due to patriarchal structures, and that more efforts should be dedicated to changes in education. It is held that there is a need for an educational programme that is especially designed to tackle violence and promote gender equality.

The book will be essential reading for academics, researchers and policy-makers working in the areas of Human Rights Law, Criminal Law and Gender Studies.

Table of Contents



CHAPTER ONE: Theoretical Background

CHAPTER TWO: Honour Based Oppression

CHAPTER THREE: Female Body Mutilation

CHAPTER FOUR: Forced Marriage

CHAPTER FIVE: Honour Killing


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Mukaddes Gorar is a Senior Lecturer in Law, Criminal Justice and Criminology, at the University of Hertfordshire, UK.