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Domestic violence is a significant problem in the United States.
Between 19, 21,124 women died at the hands of an intimate; 8,997 men died in domestic violence during the same time period. Because the U. Department of Justice does not catalogue the victim's or murderer's age, religion, ethnic background, or immigration status, it is not possible to know what proportion of these killings are honor-related.
(See Table 1.) A 2008 Massachusetts-based study found that "although immigrants make up an estimated 14 percent of the state's population, [they, nevertheless,] accounted for 26 percent of the 180 domestic violence deaths from 1997-2006." Lenore Walker, author of The Battered Woman Syndrome, agreed that fundamentalist immigrants control and patrol their women very closely.
"Given the strict rules, there are a lot of things to kill them for," she said.
Families that kill for honor will threaten girls and women if they refuse to cover their hair, their faces, or their bodies or act as their family's domestic servant; wear makeup or Western clothing; choose friends from another religion; date; seek to obtain an advanced education; refuse an arranged marriage; seek a divorce from a violent husband; marry against their parents' wishes; or behave in ways that are considered too independent, which might mean anything from driving a car to spending time or living away from home or family.