Proposed reforms to UK policy on honour based violence: the big societal divide?

Eshareturi, Cyril, Morgan, A and Lyle, C Proposed reforms to UK policy on honour based violence: the big societal divide? Journal of Health and Social Care Improvement, 1 (1). pp. 1-10. ISSN 1756-6657

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Background: Honour Based Violence results
in several deaths each year in the UK and has
many health and social implications. In recent
years, practitioners have stated that the scale is
increasing and that government policies are
not making adequate provision to address it as
a major problem. Method: The House of
Commons Home Affairs Committee report
remains the most comprehensive government
document on the issue of honour based
violence in England and Wales to date. We
used the Rist policy cycle framework to
critically analyse the Report, dismantling the
policy process into three key stages for
subsequent independent assessment. Results:
Current policy defines and categorises honour
based violence differently from domestic
violence yet has chosen to tackle it under the
rubric of domestic violence. Responses have
been constrained by limited capital to
adequately finance specialist interventions,
lack of expertise, inability to reach individuals
who are most susceptible therefore highly
vulnerable, and contraction of specialist nongovernmental
organisations who have always
been at the fore in tackling issues on honour
based violence. Consequently, the
government’s response has been unconvincing
and improperly conceptualised by accepting it
into the broader context of violence against
women and hence domestic violence.
Conclusion: Stronger coordinated response at
local level is needed but this is where issues of
community, integration, tolerance, and the Big
Society agenda are made complex and serve to
confound new legislation and policy.
Overcoming highly sensitive cultural barriers
is a key challenge to all. Consequently, we
recommend that for honour based violence to
be tackled effectively, the government needs
to re-access and take a broader view on the
issue by constructing honour based violence
within the discourse of human rights in order
to declare a position that sits easily in the
context of cultural differences and the Big

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: honour based violence, UK government, policy analysis, multiculturalism, big society, human rights
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Business & Applied Social Science > Department of Applied Social Sciences
Depositing User: David Upson-Dale
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2018 09:55
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2018 09:55

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