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Documentary lifts the lid on forced marriage and honour crime in Greater Manchester

A documentary about forced marriages in Greater Manchester will be aired on Channel 4 on Wednesday.

Forced Marriage Cops follows Greater Manchester Police investigating the ‘hidden crime’, after forcing someone to marry against their will was made illegal last year.

”The victims of this type of crime are in relationships with the perpetrators and when I say relationships, I mean close relationships, it would be fathers, brothers, extended family, community members, people that they love and trust.

“So they have this dilemma of do I come forward and say something and what are the consequences for the people that I love and respect.”


The production uncovers the story of 26 year old Ruhksana, seeking police protection after escaping from her father who attacked her for seeing her boyfriend.

Another victim, Sajida, was forced to marry when she was very young.

“17 years ago I was taken abroad to get married to someone I didn’t know properly. I was very young at the time, I was 16.

I was made to marry a person who for the next 13 years of my life physically and mentally abused me.”


The filmmakers were given access to the biggest case of forced marriage that Greater Manchester Police has encountered, with a family of 15 at risk.

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Let’s make Honour Killings history……………….

Every year thousands of women suffer from honour based violence with around 12 women killed, all for supposedly compromising their families so called “izzat” (honour). The 14th July is the official day to remember Britain’s lost women, this date commemorates the birth date of Shafilea Ahmed (#RememberShafilea), seventeen years later she was murdered by her parents in front of her sister after she resisted a forced marriage.

The Halo Project Charity in partnership with Teesside University are holding an event on this historic day, 14th July 2015 to raise the awareness of honour based violence and will be leading the way for partners and agencies to sign a HBV charter. The day will also be an opportunity to see short HBV films,  documentary and to find out what is happening locally to support victims. If you would like to join us and sign the Halo Partnership HBV Charter as a demonstration of our continued commitment to stamp out honour abuse, come and visit us from 9.30 to 2.00 @ Teesside University. For further information contact the Halo Project Charity on 01642 683045.

9.00        Meet Halo staff, speak to survivors

9.30        Teesside University lead the way to sign HBV Charter

10.00-10.45   Short films, documentary, HBV information and awareness

11.00           North East Police and Crime Commissioners show their commitment as part of their VAWG strategy joint signatories

1.30-2.00   CPS North East Chief Crown Prosecutor (Further opportunity to sign HBV pledge for visitors and HBV awareness)

Our partners will also be visiting during the day and include Middlesbrough Council, Cleveland Police, Durham Police, Northumbria Police, Middlesbrough College, North Star Housing Group, Teesside University, Victim Support, Durham University CPS North East and the Thirteen Group.



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