Jag kan lika gärna vara död, för jag finns inte...
Om unga HBT-personers utsatthet för hedersrelaterat våld.

Translated title of the thesis: I might as well be dead, because I don't exist... About young LGBT-people who have been vicitms of honor related violence.
  • Monika Ivezic

    Student thesis: Bachelor


    The purpose of this study was to examine how young men and women who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) who are exposed to honor related violence, intimidation or repression perceive their situation, what kind of help/support they have received and if they feel that the help and support offered by the society has been adequate. After the murder of Fadime Sahindal in 2002 attention was drawn to honor violence in Sweden. During the period 2003-2007 the government invested 200 million SEK for efforts to prevent honor related violence. Studies have shown that honor related violence not only affects young immigrants, but also young people with different sexual orientation then heterosexual. It also shows that the honor violence is not depended on religion or ethnicity. The RFSL Counseling in Skåne 2004 was commissioned to investigate the situation for LGBT youth ages 13-25 at risk for honor related threats and violence based on sexual orientation. The purpose of the assignment was to describe and understand the phenomenon and create a network of key people. This study investigated further about what kind of help is available and if it’s enough. Those who lead me to the answer the question of this qualitative approach are seven LGBT-persons subject to honor violence. The study is based on qualitative interviews, all conducted in southern Sweden. During the process of analyzing the material narrative theory was used. Since the study concerns stories/narratives told by the informants the researcher has a vital role in actively listening to the story and interpret what is said to enable a broad analysis and be able to contribute to new knowledge. The results showed difficulty in receiving the help and support the informants requested. Many felt that their stories were not taken seriously. The society must develop and improve better ways to help LGBT-people who are victims of honor violence.

    Keywords:honor violence, lesbian, gay, bisexual, homosexual, transgender, LGBT, social service.

    Date of Award2011-Nov-07
    Original languageSwedish
    SupervisorHans Knutagård (Supervisor) & Frans Oddner (Examiner)

    Educational program

    • Social Work Study Programme

    University credits

    • 15 HE credits

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Social Sciences (5)

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