A group of students within the English Department are set to work on a new project with Cambridgeshire Police to help tackle the growing problem of honour based violence within the UK.
The project, dubbed ‘Operation Synergy’ aims to use the plot of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to create a mock case which will eventually go to trial, and be extensively documented and filmed to produce a training aid that will help to educate new police officers about honour based violence, and how to deal with the issue.
The students involved will largely be responsible for creating and independently managing the social media profiles of the characters that feature in Romeo and Juliet, using the text as a springboard to develop individual modern-day personalities and posting regular updates to play the story out in real time, with the Montague family on Twitter and the Capulets on Facebook.
One perception that the project is trying to address is the association of honour based violence as a crime (or crimes) committed to protect or defend the honour of the family or community, with largely ethnic or religious minorities.
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