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The Tackling Honour-Based Abuse Conference 2024
(Ended 20th Mar 2024)


20th Mar 2024 to 20th Mar 2024

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The devastating murders of Shafilea Ahmed and Banaz Mahmood have brought to light the severe consequences of honour-based abuse (HBA). In November 2022, the Women and Equalities Committee launched an inquiry into so-called honour-based abuse. While specific offences like forced marriage and female genital mutilation remain illegal, the inquiry recognised the need for there to be a statutory definition of honour-based abuse. This would help improve recognition of the crime and bring more perpetrators to justice. In the meantime, it is imperative for police forces, local safeguarding teams and the voluntary sector to work together to protect and support victims.

  • In the year ending March 2022, there were 2,887 HBA-related offences recorded by the police in England and Wales, according to Government data
    • This was an increase of 6 per cent compared with the year ending March 2021
  • In 2022, The Government’s Forced Marriage Unit announced it supported the victims in 302 cases of forced marriage and female genital mutilation
  • In 2022/23, Karma Nirvana’s helpline received over 2,500 calls, with more than 500 of those relating to forced marriage

Join us at The Tackling Honour-Based Abuse Conference to hear the latest policies for tackling and preventing honour-based abuse. High-level keynotes will offer expert insights on national strategies and approaches to improving response to incidents of HBA. Learn from a range of exemplary case studies covering various topics including engaging with communities, protecting victims and holding perpetrators to account. You will also have the opportunity to network with senior colleagues working in public and voluntary sectors to share common challenges.

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