Amber Rudd visited The Halo Project which supports victims of forced marriage, FGM and domestic abuse.
Survivors of domestic abuse and forced marriage told their harrowing stories to one of the UK’s most senior politicians.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd visited charity The Halo Project, which supports victims of forced marriage, domestic abuse , honour based violence and female genital mutilation.
She was there to find out how the Home Office could further support the project and combat extremism.
Mrs Rudd spent around an hour with the charity in central Middlesbrough and heard some inspiring and shocking stories from survivors.
One woman, who did not want to be named, spoke of her journey from her native Nigeria to Middlesbrough.
She said: “I was on the verge of committing suicide.
“I was a victim of domestic violence and I was forced to marry someone.
“I tried to run from my life because it was the only way I could get myself out.