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Cleveland Police and Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, will sign a charter to make their commitment to stamp out honour based violence (HBV) on Britain’s Lost Women Day, Tuesday 14th July.
Britain’s Lost Women Day is held on the birthday of Shafilea Ahmed, who was murdered by her parents at the age of seventeen after resisting a forced marriage.
The charter, written by the Halo Project Charity, aims to support and protect victims of HBV and raise awareness of the services available for those who are suffering from it.
The Halo Project Charity will host an event at Teesside University tomorrow where partner agencies will meet to speak to victims of HBV, see a short documentary and gather information and advice.
Every year thousands of women suffer from HBV and around 12 women are killed, for supposedly compromising their families’ honour. So far this year, there have been ten incidents of HBV in the Cleveland area.
Detective Inspector Helen Eustace, from the Protecting Vulnerable People Unit, said: “Signing up to the charter demonstrates our commitment to those suffering from honour based violence and establishes a set of guidelines that we can all work to.
“We would like victims to know that there is somewhere that they can turn to for help, support and advice and that we are dedicated to stamping out honour based violence.”
Police and Crime Commissioner, Barry Coppinger, said: “Honour based violence is often hidden in communities and is often an extremely dangerous crime. We must empower victims to come forward and seek the specialist and confidential support networks available throughout Cleveland and the wider region.
“Victims must know that they have somewhere to turn to and the charter provides a framework for ourselves and our partner agencies to be able to support them.”
Yasmin Khan, from The Halo Project Charity, said: “The 14th July is a significant day for remembering those who have been killed in the name of honour. The Halo Project Charity in partnership with Cleveland Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner is committed to supporting those who need our help and protection. In partnership we must provide the necessary safe haven that victims can reach out to for help when they need it.”