Collective Gendered Violence from the Preventive and Punitive Perspective

Recent and on-going societal changes (including multiculturalisation, attitudinal changes, and the shortage of economic resources) have led to increasing recognition of the impact that collectivity, gender, and ethnicity may have on experiences of violence. The research project Collective Gendered Violence from Preventive and Punitive Perspective aims at focusing the issue by combining criminal law and preventative aspects.

Collective gendered violence, for example in the form of honour-related violence, is a challenge faced also in Finland. Hence, the project will offer a platform to discuss and study how the already existing juridical and societal mechanisms could be utilized in the prevention and – when needed – in the criminal processing of this type of violence. Due to the concerns regarding the incapacity of the judicial system to provide justice in a way that would not violate the equality of the victims of violence, the project proposes a further question concerning the development of new and more effective measures to tackle different kinds of collective violence.


Satu Lidman, Ph.D. and Adjunct Professor (History of Criminal Law), is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Turku Faculty of Law since 2010. Lidman’s research interests focus on early modern and modernizing criminal law, especially in the context of gender, violence and punishments. Her multidisciplinary research approach emphasizes a general comparative framework based on historical continuity and the human rights’ perspective in the modern multicultural society.
Tuuli Hong (LL.M.) is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Turku Faculty of Law. The main research question of her doctoral thesis concerns the legal understanding of honour-related violence in Finland. Apart from the legal issues connected to honour-related and other kinds of collective violence, she is interested in equality and human rights issues.