July 2019

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National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Honour-Based Abuse

Sunday July 14 marks the 5th National Day of Remembrance for victims of honour based abuse.

A fact sheet on the issue is available here

Find out more about the programme of events hosted by Karma Nirvana and how to book your place at www.karmanirvana.org.uk/2019-2

Set up by national charity Karma Nirvana, in memory of Shafilea Ahmed, it is now the annual #DayofMemory where #WeRemember those who have lost their lives to so-called #HonourKillings. To support the day, Hertfordshire’s Domestic Abuse Partnership is calling on everyone to look out for signs of such abuse.

Events are going on across the country to raise awareness of honour-based abuse and closely related issues like female genital mutilation and forced marriage.   Karma Nirvana are hosting a national professional’s event to mark the Day of Memory at Leeds Civic Hall on Monday 15th July, as well as hosting a number of free Community Roadshows around the country between July and December.   Locally, Watford Women’s Centre plus will be hosting a Day of Memory on 4th July at the centre by serving refreshments and raising awareness of the issues between 2pm and 4pm.

This time of year is particularly important as the risk to British children and teenagers of being taken abroad to be forced into marriage or undergo female genital mutilation increases. That’s why we are again supporting #KarmaNirvana with their awareness campaign.

Today and over the coming week, the Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Partnership will be using social media to raise awareness of these issues using the official hashtags #WeRemember and #DayofMemory.

Sarah Taylor, Developmemt Manager, Domestic Abuse “We remain committed to raising awareness of these issues among the local workforce and community. However honour-based abuse, FGM and forced marriage continue to be of concern. These forms of abuse require vigilance and understanding throughout our community in order to identify those at risk so authorities can offer interventions to prevent it happening or the much needed support in cases where it does.”

 “Many people assume these issues do not exist where they live but we know there may be victims living in Hertfordshire although reporting levels may not reflect the true scale of the issue. Very often those at risk are young or vulnerable and their abusers may be a family or community member. These cases can be complex and must be dealt with sensitively whilst simultaneously providing protection and support to victims.”

For more information about honour based abuse visit www.hertssunflower.org/information-for-professionals/honour-based-abuse-forced-marriage-and-female-genital-mutilation.aspx or look out for social media posts.

Anyone affected or concerned about domestic abuse can also talk in confidence and for free by calling the Hertfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline on 08 088 088 088 (9am-9pm Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm Sat / Sun).

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