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What is the Halo Project Charity?
“A woman’s right to choose a spouse and enter freely into marriage is central to her life and her dignity and equality as a human being”*
The Halo Project Charity is a new and innovative project based in the North East of England, which will support victims of honour based violence and forced marriages by providing appropriate advice and support to victims. The programme of work with key partners will also provide required interventions and advice necessary for the protection and safety of victims.
Nationally there are approximately 12 reported Honour Killings per year in the United Kingdom. This does not take into account the many people who are taken abroad and do not return and their whereabouts are unknown. This also does not take into account the local school children who are taken abroad for the purpose of marriage and those suffering serious abuse at the hands of their closest family.
Consideration must also be given to other offences e.g. threatening behaviour, assault, rape, kidnap, abduction, forced abortion, threats to kill and false imprisonment committed due to so called ‘honour’.
National statistics show that South Asian females under the age of 24 are 2 to 3 times more likely to commit suicide than their Caucasian counterparts.In the Cleveland area there have been a number of female suicides normally by fire and also murders of South Asian women and children as they have brought “shame” or “dishonour” to the family by not conforming to what the family believes is the correct code of behaviour.
*(General Recommendation No.21, Comment Article 16 (1) (b), UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women)