Exploring the role of mothers in ‘honour’ based abuse perpetration and the impact on the policing response

Aplin, Rachael (2017) Exploring the role of mothers in ‘honour’ based abuse perpetration and the impact on the policing response. Women's Studies International Forum, 60. pp. 1-10. ISSN 0277-5395

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This article intends to illuminate the role played by mothers within ‘honour’ based abuse (HBA) crime, an issue that is both obscured and under researched. Findings are drawn from 100 HBA investigations (2012–2014) and fifteen semi structured interviews (2016) with specialist police officers in one UK police force.

The findings show that mothers play fundamental, indeed “massive” role in perpetrating honour abuse against daughters. Mothers inflict violence, sometimes with an intention to induce an abortion; they inflict hard psychological abuse and condone the violence inflicted by other male relatives, mainly sons. This article challenges the ability for mothers to effectively safeguard child victims of HBA. Police under recording of female perpetration is apparent. Victim loyalty and reluctance to prosecute mothers contributes to the blurred of boundaries between mothers as ‘perpetrators’ and mothers as secondary ‘victims’ acting under duress. Such factors adversely affect the policing response.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mothers‘honour’ based abuse, Violence, Induced abortion, Policing
Subjects: L300 Sociology
L400 Social Policy
L500 Social Work
M900 Other in Law
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2021 09:08
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 15:47
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/45888

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