Frontline service providers committed to eliminating violence against women recognize that it is crucial to identify signs of lethality and danger in a timely manner. However, unaware of harmful cultural practices, they often fault in labelling these crimes.
Although violence against women is a global phenomenon, there is a great deal of cultural variation in the patterns and manifestations of honour based violence. Culture provides the script that dictates what "deviant behaviour" is - and the appropriate reprimand. It is important to identify cultural practices which violate women's rights.
For the past 15 years, Aruna Papp, a survivor of honour based violence, advocate, and an educator, has been conducting training for front-line service providers on risk assessment when working with clients of honour based violence.
WHAT IS HONOUR BASED VIOLENCE?
" Honour based violence is a crime or incident, which has or may have been committed to protect or defend the honour of the family and/or community".
(The Crown Prosecution Service UK, 2010)
Aruna On TV - February 26, 2014
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