Homepage
Documents
Events
Good practice
Links
News
Organisations
Places
Free Weekly eNews
About us
Contact
Our correspondents






Search CRP News by keyword or phrase:
If you have any news, opinions or suggestions which you would like to offer to the publishers of CRP News, please click here to email the Editor. We value your contribution.
All editorial content © CRP News, published by CRP Publications Ltd, Suite 210 91 Western Road, Brighton BN1 2LB

News - 4 June 2008

Leicester hosts first 'honour-based' crime roadshow

'Honour-based' crimes - often related to forced marriage - are a hidden scourge, says the government. A series of roadshows around the country aims to lift the lid and help sufferers to come forward.

The City of Leicester is today (Wednesday) playing host to the first in a series of roadshows organised by the government to help tackle honour-based violence.

The event, at Leicester City Football Club's stadium, brings together police, Crown Prosecution Service, Leicester NHS Trust and local charities. It aims to increase participants' understanding of the problem so that they are more prepared to spot the tell-tale signs, share best practice from across the country and help those who suffer from honour-based violence.

The government already supports victims of honour-based violence through a new national helpline for victims, partly funded by the Government and run by East Midlands based charity Karma Nirvana. Shazia Qayum of Karma Nirvana said: "All the team at Karma Nirvana are survivors of forced marriage or honour-based violence. A forced marriage is a marriage where one or both partners do not consent to the marriage or consent is extracted under duress. Everyone has a right to choose who they marry and when they get married. You are not wrong for having made the brave decision to leave a forced marriage."

The Home Office announced its intention to undertake these roadshows around England and Wales in its Tackling Violence Action Plan which was published in February this year and which sets out crime fighting priorities over the next three years. Tackling honour-based violence is one of the priorities in this action plan.

Further roadshows will take place in coming weeks and months in Cambridge, Birmingham, Manchester, York, Cardiff and London.

Members of the public seeking advice, help and support on honour-based violence should call the joint Home Office/Foreign Office Forced Marriage Unit on 020 7008 0151. It receives around 5,000 calls each year.

Honour-based violence is defined as a threat to someone's wellbeing because they have not, according to family and local community members, conformed to religious or cultural expectations. Examples could include individuals being forced to marry, kidnapped, being physically or mentally abused and in the worst case scenario be murdered.

Karma Nirvana launched the Honour Network Helpline earlier this year, which is staffed by victims of forced marriage or honour-based violence. It is active seven days a week from 9.30am to 9pm on 0800 5999 247. For more information on Karma Nirvana go to http://www.karmanirvana.org.uk/.


Read related items on:
Government initiatives
Karma Nirvana

   

Events
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Various 
Data Protection workshops for businesses
The free workshops are for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) from various sectors ranging from charities to private companies. The events are aimed at staff or managers with limited practical experience of data protection who are working for organisations who have responsibility for processing personal data.... More
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
16-18 September 2014

Safe Cities International
If you would like to meet with leading ministers, city officials and police chiefs in order to discuss your current challenges in making your city safe, Safe Cities International will be providing the ideal forum to discuss your concerns this September.... More
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
24 September 2014
ABCP Business Crime Conference 2014
Venue: Jury's Hotel, Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 2HP. The conference will focus on business crime reduction partnerships and their work and will provide essential information and networking opportunity for everyone whose work encompasses business crime.... More
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
2 October 2014
Retail Crime & Loss Prevention Conference
This year's BRC Retail Crime Survey has revealed that UK retailers are fighting a rising tide of organised theft in store. Combined with the dramatic increase in fraud and ecrime, and the commonly perceived threat to businesses posed by cyber-attacks, this means that retailers are facing an increasingly sophisticated criminal.... More
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
8-9th October 2014
Cyber Security Expo
Brand new for 2014, Cyber Security EXPO is the new place for everybody wanting to protect their organisation from the increasing commercial threat of cyber attacks.... More
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
21 October 2014
Association of Convenience Stores Heart of the Community conference
The seventh annual ACS Heart of the Community conference will be taking place on Tuesday 21st October from 12.00pm - 3.30pm. The conference, held in Westminster, brings retailers from across the country together with MPs and Ministers to discuss important issues facing local shops.... More
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
16th-17th March 2015
Total Security Summit
The Total Security Summit brings together security professionals and key industry solution providers to discuss the latest technologies and innovations in focused face to face meetings and networking opportunities over the course of two days.... More
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .