Protocol is key component of CPS’s Action Plan
The Crown Prosecution Service and police have published the first ever joint honour-based violence/abuse and forced marriage protocol, outlining their commitment to the successful investigation and prosecution of these crimes. The protocol recognises the importance of strong partnership working between these two agencies.
The protocol highlights the unique complexities of these cases and the barriers victims face in coming forward to report. For example, the potential that these crimes may be committed not only by family members but also by those who are part of the wider community. Rather than families and communities protecting the victim, they will often protect the perpetrator. The protocol emphasises the importance for multiagency working and engagement with specialist third sector organisations.