10 March 2021 - 10 March 2021
4:00PM - 5:00PM
Guest Speaker Dr. Mohammad Mazher Idriss, Senior Lecturer in Law at Manchester Metropolitan University
Men, Masculinities and Honour-Based Abuse
Maz is an expert on honour-based violence and abuse (HBV/A) and forced marriage in the UK. His most recent publication (as chief editor) is Men, Masculinities and Honour-Based Violence (Routledge, 2020), where contributors discuss men as victims. Although all the contributors acknowledge that women are overwhelmingly the main victims in this area, male victims can no longer be ignored. The book demonstrates how some men are constrained by the concept of ‘masculinity’ and how this can contribute to their abuse. The book also demonstrates the necessity for state agencies, and society in general, to properly recognise male victims and the various perpetrators these types of cases present, including fathers and the involvement of mothers as primary or secondary perpetrators. The book argues that until academic research on, and consequently service provision for, male victims is taken more seriously, men will not come forward and disclose abuse. State responses are more formalised for women when it concerns VAWG as a result of improved awareness and campaigns; practical responses, however, are less formalised and developed for men. The book calls for separate government policy on Ending Intimate Violence Against Men and Young Boys and separate funding for Violence Against Men and Young Boys that mirrors policies for female victims of violence, in order to address the imbalance that currently exists in the provision of support services and intervention in general.
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