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The Halo Project Charity

Regional Conference


Transforming Public Sector approach in tackling illegal cultural harms

“It’s not Culture, it’s abuse”


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Aims for the event

Enhance and improve partnership working and to examine how adopting a stronger multi-agency response can enable prevention, as well as early intervention and support for victims and those at risk of forced marriage, FGM and honour based violence.

The Halo Project Charity are hosting a conference in July leading up to The Day of Memory (July 14th) to remember the victims of so-called ‘honour’ killings.

The Day of Memory is held on the birthday of Shafilea Ahmed who was murdered by her parents in 2003 when she was 17 after suffering years of abuse.

Our Conference is held in partnership with local authority domestic violence partnerships across Tees Valley and Durham. This event is part of a week-long campaign to raise the awareness of honour abuse, forced marriage and FGM across the North East of England.


Outline of event

The Conference aims to overcome the challenges involved in safeguarding and promotes partnership working to minimise the risks of illegal cultural harms and abuse within the BAME communities. Improving awareness of forced marriage, honour based violence and FGM, highlighting good practice in case management.


Date: Thursday 11th July 2019
Time: 10.00 am to 3.30pm

Venue: Cleveland Police, Community Safety Hub, Hemlington, Middlesbrough


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Who should attend:

Domestic abuse partnerships

Police, custody officers

Probation officers

Public health and social care providers/professionals

BME community organisations

Mental health organisations

BME women and survivors

HMPPO professionals

Safeguarding boards


Safeguarding leads in partner organisations


Speakers include:

Nazir Afzal

Yasmin Khan

Dr Roxanna Khan - HARM Network

Survivor stories - Halo & National Ambassador

FCO - Foreign & Commonwealth Office


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For further details please contact the Halo Project on 01642 683 045