Stories resembling a horror movie. This is how some cases of honor related crimes in Bulgaria sound. Inspector Desislava Viktorova from the National Police, the Crimes Against Personality department, tells us how the police is proceeding when it comes to such a sensitive type of abuse.
*This article reflects a personal opinion of the expert and the team of the project does not commit to it.
‘This article compares murder cases labeled “honor killings” with cases labeled “family/ spousal murders” in the Canadian news media, exploring the construction of boundaries between these two practices.
‘Honour killings’ are extreme acts of domestic violence culminating in the murder of a woman by her family or community.
"There was a case in Drenovets, a woman sold her 8-year-old daughter in Sofia. When the boy's parents came to pick her up, she started crying for the swing because she was swinging in the yard.
In Pakistan, honour killings are prevalent throughout the country, though in some areas the incidents of honour have taken an alarmingly high proportion of incidents in recent years.
Honor-based violence (HBV) is a serious concern for women and girls from particular ethnic backgrounds. Unfortunately, while the sociology discipline pays significant attention to gender-based violence in western contexts, HBV is a topic under-studied in the field.
The advocacy tools developed during Activity 2, namely the preliminary two Recommendations for Political and Legislative Change, will be discussed with a wide range of community groups before being sent to national and local public authorities in Bulgaria.
This activity aims to regularly inform stakeholders in Bulgaria and Norway about the activities and results of the project, which will also support advocacy activities for the adoption by the national and local institutions of proposed changes to policies and laws.
The Muslim Family Safety Project (MFSP) was launched in 2003 to address domestic violence within Muslim communities in London Ontario.
This article aims to explain the lethal violence against women observed in certain contexts in recent years. It analyses the phenomenon of female homicide victimization through the lens of Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of symbolic violence.
The RODINA FRIENDSHIP (ДРУЖБА „РОДИНА“)series offers research and reviews by leading Bulgarian scientists, researchers and publicists on the topic of Bulgarian Muslims.
Due to the declared emergency situation and the restrictions imposed, the project schedulehas to be changed. However, the work on it continues to be active.
The outreach activities under the current sociological survey will start again as soon as the restrictive measures have ceased.
The handbook is suitable for all stakeholders working with the Roma community in one form or another.
This paper explores the conceptualization of ‘honour’ killings in Canada’s increasingly diverse and multicultural society, demonstrating that these murders are best seen as falling within the broad spectrum of domestic violence, rather than as a separate issue.
In the early and mid-1990s, after the overthrow of the communist regime in Albania, migration from rural areas to more developed ones was perceived as one of the main ways to escape poverty.
This is the opinion of manager and founder of Centre Dinamika Association – Deana Dimova. She has a master's degree in psychology and a postgraduate qualification in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Social Management. She has been working in the social field for over 15 years - psychodiagnosis, training, psychosocial support and counseling for victims of domestic and gender-based violence. Here's what she told us according to her personal practice in the anti-violence center which she leads.
Though there is substantial literature on different cultural understandings of honor and shame that inspire violence, little has been written from the point of view of the defendants who have committed and have been found guilty of murder committed in the name of honor.
So far, women’s involvement in honor killings has been attempted to explain with the emphasis on either patriarchy or the concept of hegemonic masculinity.
Diana Radoslavova - Co - founder, Manager, and chief lawyer of Center for Legal Aid “Voice in Bulgaria”. (CLA)
Since 2009 CLA works on protection of the rights of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Bulgaria by providing legal assistance and advocacy. They have years of experience working in closed immigration centers and advocacy of alternatives to detention. They are also working on a project on very vulnerable migrant women over the past 2 years.
Violence is a dynamic event, not a static state. The cause of violence, therefore, cannot lie in static variables such as individual propensities (eg self-control) or aggregate properties (eg inequality).
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