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Policing UK Honour-Based Abuse Crime

  • Focusses on the police officer perspective

  • Draws on a rich source of data and provides policy recommendations

  • Explores the language and practices surrounding this type of abuse

  • Fills a global gap in the literature


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Rachael Aplin
    Pages 1-34
  3. Rachael Aplin
    Pages 35-53
  4. Rachael Aplin
    Pages 153-197
  5. Rachael Aplin
    Pages 199-250
  6. Rachael Aplin
    Pages 251-298
  7. Rachael Aplin
    Pages 299-327
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 329-337

About this book


This book examines the different forms that honour-based abuse crimes take, and analyses the discretionary police practices employed when responding to these incidents. Honour-based abuse is an incident or crime involving violence, threats of violence, intimidation, coercion or abuse committed in order to protect or defend the honour of an individual, family and or community for a perceived breach of their code of behaviour. Based on unique UK police data, it includes examination of one hundred honour abuse cases and interviews with fifteen predominantly detective specialist police officers that investigate this crime. This book recognises the challenges encountered when policing honour-based abuse and offers recommendations for addressing them. It will particularly benefit police forces in England and Wales, the Home Office, scholars in gendered violence and policing and non-government organisations (charities supporting victims) by highlighting some of the issues associated with policing, partnership working arrangements and safeguarding victims of honour-based abuse crimes.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Leeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUK

About the authors

Rachael Aplin is Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Leeds Beckett University, UK. She was employed as Domestic Abuse Detective Sergeant in the Greater Manchester Police public protection division until 2016, and obtained her doctorate in 2017. 

Bibliographic information


“Dr Aplin has added something of real value to our understanding of honour based abuse. She brings her experience as a police investigator to her research  but she does much more, getting to the heart of why people, usually women, are harmed in the name of honour. Rachael Aplin’s book is a must read for practitioners, professionals and anyone working in public protection. Perhaps, just possibly, it will save lives” (Nazir Afzal (OBE), Chief Prosecutor of the Crown Prosecution Service in North West England 2011-2015, UK)

“This book adds an interesting and provocative dimension to existing literature. The focus on police culture(s) and practices gives a unique insight into differentiated responses to particular forms of violence against women from minoritised communities and provides a unique lens through which to critically unpack the phenomenon. Its comprehensive examination of the subject makes it compulsory reading for practitioners, policy makers, researchers and students” (Dr Ravi Thiara, Associate Professor, University of Warwick, UK)

“I have been waiting for a book like this. Content-rich and evidence-based, Dr Rachael Aplin raises critical questions that have long concerned those of us working to protect victims of ‘honour’ crimes. Synthesising her research knowledge and professional experience, she guides readers through tricky, often uncomfortable terrain, to unravel the policing of so called ‘honour’ abuse, violence and killings in the UK” (Dr. Roxanne Khan, Director of HARM and Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology, University of Lancashire, UK)

“This book fills an important gap in the academic literature on honour based abuse (HBA), by looking at the specific challenges of policing HBA. Drawing on extensive and original material, Aplin addresses issues of crime, harm and language; and how some policing practises around HBA may disadvantage victims of HBA. Aplin’s work is challenging, and innovative, and provides valuable insights in policing HBA in the UK” (Dr. Geetanjali Gangoli, University of Bristol, UK)