Special Issue "Honour-Based Abuse: Hearing Intersecting Voices & Experiences to Better Inform the Law"

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 June 2023) | Viewed by 154

Special Issue Editor

Law School, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow G1 1XQ, UK
Interests: criminal law; domestic abuse; expert evidence; forensic science; judicial, legal and juror comprehension

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Honour-based abuse (HBA) encompasses various violent, coercive, and other crimes that are not bound by national borders, cultures, or generations. Official records of ‘honour-based’ offences indicate massive increases in reported offences in recent years (81% in the last five years in the UK), yet many consider that HBA remains a largely ‘hidden’ crime, with many instances never reported, prosecuted, or indeed prevented. A growing body of knowledge about honour-based abuse exposes a complex network of factors at work. Victims of HBA are affected by individual perpetrators, families, communities, police, the legal system, government policy-makers, the media, and society at large, in a manner unique to this particular form of violence. This Special Edition foregrounds how these factors interplay with the law and legal systems and explores how the law might be constructed and implemented to provide more effective protection for victims and survivors of HBA. In particular, we seek to put the voices and experiences of victim-survivors at the centre of the discussion to better inform the law and policy on HBA. Furthermore, given the international impact of HBA, this Special Edition includes local, state-wide, and global perspectives to maximise the possibility of positively and effectively influencing the law and legal system across all jurisdictions to eradicate HBA in all forms.

This Special Issue is now open for submission. Contributions are welcome from beyond traditional academia, including, inter alia, police and law enforcement, legal practitioners and judiciary, policy-makers, cultural organisations, victim support agencies, perpetrator and criminal justice support services, the media, and non-government organisations.

Dr. Rhonda Wheate
Guest Editor

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  • honour-based abuse
  • domestic abuse
  • family norms
  • gender norms
  • intersectionality
  • social justice
  • culture

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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