15 Nov 2018
10:30 am - 12:00 pm


Shame and Honour Based Violence (SHBV) is a human rights issue. SHBV work focuses on upholding human rights in a culturally sensitive manner with respect to diversity.

Shame and Honour Based Violence is present in many countries and regions of the world including Canada. Violence committed in the name of honour is located within, and not separate from, the dynamics and patterns of violence against women within patriarchal societies. The concept of honour is broad, varied and multi-stranded, which immigrant communities generally view positively. SHBV is an incident or crime that has or may have been committed to protect or defend the honour of the family and or community. It can be distinguished from other forms of abuse, as it is often committed with some degree of approval, and or collusion from family and or community members. The individual/s are punished by their family/community for allegedly undermining what they believe to be the correct code of behavior and for bringing shame onto the family or community. These cases often involve multiple perpetrators and can have deadly consequences such as the 2009 Shafia family murders in Ontario where the father, son and second wife killed the 3 daughters and first wife for disobeying the family rules. However, it is critical to understand that killing is not the only crime conducted in the name of honour; it is simply the most violent.   The workshop will elucidate the attributes and unique nature of SHBV, the often misinterpreted cultural ideologies that motivate it, how to identify SHBV, what to do and what not to do, how service providers can use the SHBV awareness tool and how to effectively address SHBV with a culturally sensitive approach versus a culturally intrusive one.

SHBV is an issue in Canada, however, it continues to be quite invisible due to the lack of awareness among service providers and communities at large, and the lack of adequate resources to prevent it from happening and to be addressed effectively when it occurs. Owing to this dearth of knowledge and experience with regards to SHBV as an emerging area of practice with an increasing need, this workshop would be beneficial to all service providers irrespective of their level of education or years of experience. This workshop aims to inform participants of an existing service gap and thereby build capacity.

Participants will gain an in-depth understanding of the nature, concept, definition, nuances of SHBV and how it differs from domestic violence. Case studies will equip participants with hands on information on how to address SHBV effectively with cultural responsiveness versus cultural intrusiveness. Participants will also be adequately equipped to identify the Signs, Do’s and Don’ts when working on a SHBV issue.