Honor killings and domestic violence: The same or different?

Carletta Xavier*, Wayne Petherick, Grant Sinnamon

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Violence against women is recognized as a social problem, universally. Arguably, the emergence of Western exposure to crimes against women, that are considered "honorable" in other cultures, has captured the public's imagination and become a popular issue among the Western world. The purpose of this examination was to demonstrate whether honor killings are similar to domestic violence, in relation to methods, and underlying factors, with a secondary aim of determining whether honor killings can or should be classified as a type of domestic violence. The results determined that domestic violence and honor-related killings are similar in relation to the most common perpetrator and victim. However, they were recognized to differ in underlying factors such as motive, means, and its social responses. As such, it was concluded that honor killings are deep-seated cultural acts that should remain a distinct concept from domestic violence.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe psychology of criminal and antisocial behavior
Subtitle of host publicationVictim and offender perspectives
EditorsW Petherick, G Sinnamon
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9780128095775
ISBN (Print)9780128092873
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jan 2017


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