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Swedish experience of sheltered housing and conflicting theories in use with special regards to honour related violence (HRV)
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2010 (English)In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664, Vol. 13, no 2, 245-259 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

One aspect of violence against women and children is what is referred to as honour related violence. Honour related violence (HRV) is a form of violence which is now on the agenda in several countries as a violation of human rights. From 2002 the Swedish government started paying serious attention to this issue. The aim of this paper is to present the Swedish government programme dealing with HRV with special focus on sheltered housing as the prevalent measure to safeguard victims of HRV. Our results indicate that sheltered housing without doubt plays an important role for victims in the sense of providing short term safety. Notwithstanding the adequacy of sheltered housing as a means to provide support and safety, the outcome of the support is ambivalent in the long run. Our qualitative interviews of girls with previous experiences of staying at sheltered housing demonstrate the risk of the practice, turning one kind of control and isolation into another kind. The ambivalence of sheltered housing is further analysed in terms of conflicting logics of social work practices reflecting the Swedish conflicting discourses on HRV.

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Brighton: Routledge , 2010. Vol. 13, no 2, 245-259 p.
Keyword [en]
Honour Related Violence, Violence in the Name of Honour, Theories in Practice, Sheltered Housing
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-35831DOI: 10.1080/13691451003690981ISI: 000282924400007OAI: diva2:349557
Available from: 2010-09-07 Created: 2010-09-07 Last updated: 2010-09-07Bibliographically approved

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