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Honour, it is cultural not religious: A single case study of a victim of honour based violence

Morris, Saffron (2012) Honour, it is cultural not religious: A single case study of a victim of honour based violence. Manchester Metropolitan University. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The following study was proposed due to the limited literature available on the issue of honour-based violence (HBV). There has been copious research generated on the topic of Domestic abuse but scarcely any specifically addressing the area of HBV despite it being identified as varying from generalised domestic abuse on numerous levels. The study also investigated the perspectives of women who had experienced honour-based violence to gain deeper insight. A qualitative approach was utilised, to establish a significant account of a victim of honour based violence a single case study was conducted of a woman in her early twenties who had experienced honour based violence and other harmful practices related to this tradition. Five interviews were conducted over three weeks and the data was then transcribed and subjected to thematic decomposition analysis. The objectives of this study were to generate more knowledge of this area, which is scarcely represented within the psychological literature, and to identify where in the community influences upon HBV are perceived to lie. By using a qualitative method and thematic decomposition analysis the study gained access into this minority community and to develop understanding of the perceptions of a minority social group upon the sensitive and current issue of honour based violence.

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