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Björktomta SB. J. Fam. Violence 2019; 34(5): 449-460.


(Copyright © 2019, Holtzbrinck Springer Nature Publishing Group)






This article investigates the nature of honor-related domestic violence as experienced by 11 young female victims (aged 16-20) with non-Swedish-born parents. It examines what forms of violence are involved and how they are related to each other and looks at the differences and similarities to non-honor-related domestic violence. Qualitative, individual interviews were made with young women who, when in contact with counselors, mid-wives or social workers, said that they were living with restrictions over their social life and sexuality with some level of control imposed by another person. Accordingly, it is young women's subjective assessment of their experience which defined their inclusion in this study. The analysis has been a recursive process with a theory-oriented approach that uses Bourdieu's concept of symbolic violence as a theoretical lens. The participants belonged to patriarchal families in a particular cultural/religious community and lived under various types of coercive control. For the participants, the core concept of the family norms was twofold: honor and firm demands for chastity. There was a strong link between the restrictions they experienced and their vulnerability to various forms of violence, alongside accounts of strong emotional ties between father and daughter, in most cases. The participants' scope for action was affected irrespective of they were physically abused or not. The findings contribute to an initial understanding of how nonviolent controlling behaviors affect young women's scope for action and highlight daughters' vulnerable situation in a patriarchal family.

Language: en


Chastity; Coercive control; Honor; Honor-based violence; Patriarchal family; Qualitative method; Symbolic violence; Young women


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