When the perpetrators are family
Crossposted from Media Diversified
Fleeing a forced marriage ten years ago was an instinctive act of survival. Staying would have put me in grave physical harm and may have been the death of my spiritual and emotional self. I left with a carrier bag of clothes. I left without knowing I would have anywhere to stay that night. I left and have never returned.
I am haunted by the fact that I could have had the same fate as Shafilea Ahmed. The circumstances of my last night before fleeing were desperately frightening. Shafilea and I both bought dishonour to our family. For reasons I still cannot understand, I ran and saved my life. I wish with all my heart that she was helped to leave by the services that should have supported her. I wish she had been saved.
STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL: 00:01 THURSDAY 6 FEBRUARY 2014
New research reveals that 1 in 5 police forces in the UK are failing to properly record ‘Honour’ Based Violence cases, putting lives at risk
Expert, Diana Nammi, Executive Director of the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation is available for interview. Please contact Sara Browne, Campaign Officer on 020 7920 6460/ 07739308398
Report available: ‘Postcode lottery: police recording of ‘honour’ based violence’
- Postcode lottery [PDF]
On Thursday 6 February 2014, the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO), a leading women’s rights charity campaigning to end all forms of ‘honour’ based violence, including forced marriage, child marriage and female genital mutilation, publishes new research which reveals that 1 in 5 police forces are failing to properly record ‘honour’ based violence cases, which puts lives at risk, including in some of the areas with communities in which honour based violence is most likely to occur.
IKWRO submitted Freedom of Information Requests to every police force in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland and received a response from every force. More than one in five forces failed to properly record cases. Of these, the most significant failures were by Derbyshire Constabulary, Gloucestershire Constabulary and Staffordshire Police as well as half of all Scottish police forces before they amalgamated into Police Scotland in April 2013.