Category Archives: “Honour” based violence (HBV)

BBC’s ‘Inside the Foreign Office’ gives behind the scenes insight into Government efforts to prevent “honour” based violence and forced marriage

The final episode of the documentary joins the Forced Marriage Unit in a race against time to prevent a 17 year-old British girl from being forced to marry in Iraq.

In the final episode of a three part BBC series which aired last week, viewers were given insight into the work of the joint Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Home Office Forced Marriage Unit (FMU), which leads on the Government’s efforts to combat forced marriage in the UK and overseas.

The episode follows the FMU’s Sophie Lott – who was nominated for a True Honour Award earlier this year – as she and her team assist a 17 year-old British girl who was taken to Iraq by her family for a forced marriage and threatened with “honour” killing if she didn’t go through with it. From the outset of the program, we see Sophie identify this case as “honour” based violence, which is crucial to how she proceeds with assisting the girl.

53% rise in “honour” based violence cases reported to the police since the criminalisation of forced marriage

The number of cases of “honour” based violence, forced marriage and FGM reported to the police in the UK has increased by 53% since 2014, IKWRO’s new research shows. The research involved sending Freedom of Information requests to every police force in the country.

The number of cases of “honour” based violence recorded by the police increased from 3335 in 2014 to 5595 in 2015, meaning a spike of 68% in cases in the first year following the introduction of the law criminalising forced marriage. The number of cases dropped slightly to 5105 in 2016.

However, despite significant the rise in reporting since 2014, the volume of cases referred to the Crown Prosecution Service for a charging decision is the lowest it has been for five years. The latest figures published by the CPS indicate that only 256 cases of “honour” based violence were referred to them by the police in 2016/17, just 5% of the cases reported over a similar time period. The 256 referrals resulted in 215 prosecutions and a subsequent 122 convictions.

“Honour” killing is preventable

As details of the “honour” killing of Celine Dookhran in London emerge IKWRO demands government action

Last week, on Wednesday 19th July 2017, in London, 19 year old Celine Dookhran’s future was brutally stolen from her in a horrific so-called “honour” killing. A second woman in her 20’s, whom for her safety remains anonymous, only just escaped, after both women had been kidnapped, raped and had their throats slit.

Campaign Success: Nusrat Ghani MP withdraws her Bill which proposed to ban the term “honour” based violence and conflate it with domestic violence

IKWRO are delighted that our joint campaign opposing Nusrat Ghani’s MP’s Bill has succeeded. It has been withdrawn ahead of its second reading on Friday 24th March 2017 following IKWRO’s joint letter signed by 66 experts and survivors explaining why the Bill would put lives at risk.

The letter can be seen below.

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