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'Honour killing' can evolve from family violence

Honour killing is not common in B.C., but those who work with women and families say they see the same pattern of violence that leads to such incidents every day.

 The crisis lines at the Surrey Women's Centre rarely stop.

On Monday, centre staff member Donna Balfour and her colleagues logged more than a dozen calls before lunch time, many involving domestic abuse.

About 4,000 times last year, the Surrey organization saw women and children either walk through the doors or call their crisis lines. All were victims of violence.

None involved a so-called honour killing, but Swarandeep Virk knows the effects on victims all too well.

 "They are severe. Sometimes they are very severe injuries, and severe assault," Virk said.

Staff at the Surrey centre they feel the term honour killing is simply a cultural expression of violence — the most extreme extension of domestic violence.

The CBC’s Alan Waterman has more in this report.