An estimated 5,000 women across the world are killed each year for bringing ‘shame to their families; at least 12 of these are British.
The 14th July marks the first ever annual memorial day for victims of Honour Based Violence, and forms part of Karma Nirvana and Cosmopolitan’s ‘Lost Women’ Campaign. The day is poignant because it marks Shafilea Ahmed’s 29th birthday – who was murdered by her parents in 2003.
Detective Superintendent Nigel Wenham, from Cheshire Constabulary’s Public Protection Directorate said: “Honour Based Violence can affect both men and women, and encompasses a number of cultures and communities. Honour Based Abuse often occurs when perpetrators perceive that a relative has shamed the family and community by breaking their honour code. It is an under reported crime across the country, and it’s important that we do all we can to raise awareness of the issue, bringing it to the forefront of people’s minds and giving victims the confidence to come forward and seek help.
“Nationally, we are making headway in the fight against tackling Honour Based Violence, Female Genital Mutilation and Forced Marriage. You may recall earlier this year that a man was jailed for 16 years for forcing a woman to marry him, and this was the first successful prosecution of its kind.
Honour based violence can include:
- Acid attacks
- Blood feuds
- Domestic abuse
- False imprisonment
- Female genital mutilation
- Forced marriage
- Forced repatriation
- Honour killings (murder)
- Self-harm, suicide
- Rape and sexual assault
“If you are suffering any form of abuse in relation to honour issues or forced marriage, or you’re aware of someone at risk please report it, by calling Cheshire Police on 101. In an emergency please dial 999. All reports are treated with professionalism and compassion and we will do our utmost to work with partner agencies to provide you will all the help and support you need,” added Detective Superintendent Wenham.