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Asian women and domestic violence

Shame and honour

Within the community, women are subject to powerful traditional practices such as izzat (honour) and sharam (shame). Women are expected to uphold the honour of the family by conforming to certain prescribed roles, as the dutiful and obedient wife and daughter, who accepts or tolerates domestic violence rather than leave home. Failure to do so results in being treated as a social outcast by their extended family and wider community. They are accused of having brought shame on their family honour and are ostracised, harassed and even subject to acts of violence.

In "honour killings" for instance, minority women may be killed by family or community members. These killings or other honour crimes such as assaults and abuse are justified as punishment for having brought shame on the honour of the family and that of the wider community.

Forced marriage and restrictions on lifestyle

Many young Asian women and girls may experience forced marriage, which is different from an arranged marriage. An arranged marriage is where there is free and valid consent of both parties. A forced marriage is where there is any duress, whether physical or mental, to marry without the free and valid consent of one or both parties. Duress can involve anything from emotional and social pressures, to assaults, threatening behaviour, imprisonment, abduction and in a few extreme cases, suicide and murder. Abduction can involve deceiving or forcing a woman or girl to go abroad, such as to the Indian Sub-Continent, and subject them to forced marriage and other abuses once they arrive. Most cases involve subtle social and emotional pressures to marry against your will.

Restrictions on lifestyle is controlling behaviour by the abuser, such as parents, husbands, in-laws and other family members, which seeks to impose social isolation, imprisonment and limitations on freedom to socialise or associate with others, form sexual relationships, exercise the right to choose dress and deny educational or career opportunities. Forced marriage and restrictions on lifestyle are imposed on Asian and other minority women because of the need to control female sexuality and preserve family honour.
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