The project ‘Social and Legal Action to Combat Honor Related Abuses’ is a Bulgarian-Norwegian collaborative project conducted by the Center for Sustainable Communities Development (hereinafter CSCD), in cooperation with Women Lawyers Association and KUN Centre for Equality and Diversity. The project was carried out from September 2019 to February 2021.
The main objective of the project was to contribute to competence development around the topic of honor-related violence in Bulgaria, as well as to attitude changes and improved guidelines for capturing and dealing with this type of criminal acts.
The first stage of the project was aimed at building a knowledge base. CSCD conducted a survey in Bulgaria to find out the existing attitudes to and the general knowledge about honor-related violence in the society and among experts from various fields. The main findings from the conducted research study showed the importance of addressing the problematic issue of child marriage in Bulgaria.
KUN Centre for Equality and Diversity contributed to the knowledge base through collecting and disseminating experiences from the work that is being done on honor-related violence in Norway, as well as by providing examples of good practice on the topic. The results of the work were presented in a literature overview and a summary of interviews with experts.
During the second stage of the project the acquired knowledge on honor-related violence was disseminated. CSCD made a 20-minute film on the topic, arranged a series of digital roundtable conferences, as well as held a final online conference in Bulgaria, with participants from both civil society and support services.
The present report summarizes the knowledge base that was developed by partners from Bulgaria and Norway during the first stage of the project, and consists of the following three parts: a handbook for Bulgarian experts, institutions, authorities, researchers, support services and voluntary organizations; a literature overview of Norwegian research, legislation and case law related to honor-related violence; and a summary of six interviews with experts working on various topics related to honor-related violence in Norway.
The present report is a compilation of the Norwegian and Bulgarian reports.