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Women in the CrossfireUnderstanding and Ending Honor Killing$
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Robert Paul Churchill

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190468569

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190468569.001.0001

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Providing Protection and Leveraged Reform

Providing Protection and Leveraged Reform

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(p.223) Chapter 7 Providing Protection and Leveraged Reform
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Women in the Crossfire
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Robert Paul Churchill

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190468569.003.0007

This is the first of three chapters on protecting girls and women at risk and bringing about the end of honor killing. These short-term, emergency measures are understood as occurring while other efforts are made to achieve the long-term abolition of honor killing. Also examined are possibilities for leveraging change; that is, changing behaviors through pressures from outside honor–shame communities and through pressures that are coercive. Emergency interventions discussed include those tested elsewhere as well as new initiatives. Insofar as possible, trusted members of local communities should administer emergency interventions. Interventions include hotlines, smartphone apps, information networks, mobile crisis teams, observer-informants, shelters, halfway houses, family centers, granting asylum, and others. The objective of leveraged change, primarily initiated by outside change agents, is to make continuing honor killings too costly. Recommended leveraging strategies include legal reforms, moral entrepreneurship, initiative by media and national elites, and decreasing learned and socialized aggression.

Keywords:   asylum, emergency interventions, halfway houses, hostels, legal reforms, leveraging, mobile crisis teams, moral entrepreneurs, observer-informers, protective accompaniment

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