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Toolkit against violence. Combating Honor Related Violence, Forced Marriages and Abandonment


This toolkit is based on practical experiences from organizations in Sweden, Germany, Cyprus, the Netherlands and Turkey addressing honor related violence, forced marriage and abandonment.

The experiences from the participating organizations were collected and described by the project team of the “Flying Team against Violence”, a collaboration between organizations from the aforementioned countries. Each team member interviewed several grass root organizations and NGO’s in their respective countries. Good practices were described and an inventory was made of conditions and factors that made these practices successful.

Content of the toolkit


What do we mean when we speak of ‘honor related violence’, ‘forced marriage’ and ‘abandonment’? The people from ‘Flying Team against Violence’ found that the participating countries all use different terms and definitions. The term ‘honor related violence’ for example, is quite common in Western European countries but never used in Turkish feminist circles. This chapter explaines in clear definitions the concepts ‘honor related violence’, ‘forced marriage’ and ‘abandonment’ and provides an overview of the definitions that are used in the various participating countries, and several recommendations for grass root and non-governmental organizations.

Good practices

Chapter two offers a description of five good practices, one from each participating country. More than one project focuses on awareness and education. The Cypriot project addresses young people and the use of peer educators; the Turkish partner targets women and the Dutch project focuses on migrant girls/women and boys/men.
Two projects offer online help to young people; the Swedish one especially targets lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans genders who are in danger because their families regard their sexual preference as a loss of honor. The German online help is part of a shelter, which is one of the good practices.

Factors of success

All respondents of the interviews, working in NGO’s and grass root organizations, were questioned on the factors in their work that make it successful. Despite differences between social and political context in the countries, the answers were very similar. Based on the interviews the project team identified four (external) conditions (like solid and secure funding) and seven factors of success. The conditions and success factors are described in Chapter three.



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