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Middlesbrough project’s new campaign to help victims of forced marriage and ‘honour’ violence

“Honour” violence and forced marriage is a taboo subject but it is Time for Change, as reporter Sarah Dale finds out

Halo shines a light on victims of “honour” violence and forced marriage.

The Halo Project, now in its second year, provides support and, where necessary, intervention to protect those on Teesside at risk of honour-based violence and forced marriage. It has launched a new Time for Change campaign ahead of new legislation making forced marriage illegal in the UK.

In Teesside there have been a number of female suicides, often by fire, as well as murders of South Asian women and children, who have been considered to have brought “shame” or “dishonour” to their family. Since launching in 2011, the response to The Halo Project, in central Middlesbrough, has been overwhelming with more than 100 victims coming forward for support and hundreds calling for advice.

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