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So-called Honour Based Violence

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      As Ask and Act trainers you are not expected to be an expert in every form of violence against women and girls. There are fantastic specialist services out there who can provide you with valuable information and advice. We do understand, however, that recognising signs and symptoms helps with confidence when delivering any type of VAWDASV awareness training.

      The fact sheet below is actually used as a prompt sheet for the Group 3 training.

      Honour based violence is defined as:

      “An incident or crime which has or may have been committed to protect or defend the honour of the family and or community”

      • Can be distinguished from other forms of abuse, as it is often committed with some degree of approval and/or collusion from family and/or community members
      • Victims will have multiple perpetrators not only in UK but can be abroad, HBV can be trigger for a FM.

      (Adapted from Karma Nirvana)

      Warning signs:

      • a history of older siblings leaving education early and marrying early
      • depression, self-harming and attempted suicide
      • unreasonable restrictions such as being kept at home by parents or being removed from education
      • unexpected/extended absence during term time for a holiday or to visit sick relatives and/or not returned after holiday period
      • always being accompanied including to school and doctors appointments

      Ministry of Justice Guidance for Local Authorities – October 2009

       What to DO:

      • DO speak to the individual on his/her own. Parties must be separated despite cultural issues.
      • DO maintain victims confidence do not approach family without expressed permission – consider risk
      • DO reassure that they are not going against their religion and/or culture
      • DO create spaces for victim to access helpline’s/websites
      • DO ensure disabled children and young people have access to adults outside the family to whom they can turn for help.
      • DO develop/implement a safety plan after a FMPO-some victims are returned to perpetrators
      • DO offer option to speak or meet a survivor
      • Make NI Case sensitive – restricts professional access to NI

      What NOT to do:

      • DO NOT use a relative, friend, community leader or neighbour as an interpreter – despite any reassurances from this known person. Information at the interview may be imparted to other members of the community and put the young person at risk of harm.
      • DO NOT attempt to be a mediator or encourage mediation, reconciliation, arbitration or family counselling.
      • DO NOT disclose information of risk, including ‘perceived’ risk that is deemed shameful by victim
      • DO NOT send the victim back to the family/perpetrators
      • DO Remind person that they are not alone many survive disownment, signpost..

      (Adapted from BAWSO and Karma Nirvana).

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