This Roadshow was designed to raise public awareness through bringing together community groups and other organisations who had either experienced honour based violence (HBV) and forced marriages or were working within the field in order to help shape future research and policy agendas.
Workshops, which formed part of the Roadshow, provided the opportunity for participants to access new and emerging research, and crucially to add their own voices to the final outcomes and policy recommendations.
The Roadshow was aimed at an interdisciplinary audience (e.g. academics, policy makers and practitioners from health, education, social welfare).
To increase the understanding of HBV and FM, and raise awareness via participant discussion to inform and underpin new research around HBV.
To share evidence of best practice with a diverse range of users and policymakers in order to disseminate learning and to generate new ideas and insights.
To share resources and to set future agendas around policy and practice.
To develop new networks and nurture existing ones.
Research shows that there is little joined up working practice between some support agencies for both male and female victims of HBV as well as a lack of understanding amongst some professionals (e.g. police, education and health). Additionally, there are challenges associated with protecting victims as well as raising awareness. The Roadshow also be explored the link between caste and HBV, specifically caste as a motive for HBV and forced marriage.
Lack of accurate data – how can we estimate the true extent of the crimes when services are inconsistent across the UK and government reporting mechanisms vary greatly.
Lack of understanding – how can we support professionals to understand and recognise HBV and act appropriately e.g. many teachers/lecturers receive no training in how to recognise or deal with HBV.
Lack of trust in the justice system – how can we convince victims to report crimes confidentially, especially if their family is involved or they are immigrants? How can we also improve police liaison with other agencies?
Cultural barriers – both women and men have different concerns and fears around stigma and backlash from families and communities. For men, issues surrounding masculinity and loneliness may exacerbate their feelings of isolation and prevent them from reporting abuse. How can we encourage both women and men to come forward?
Silence – often a lack of support and solidarity from their own community. How can we empower young people to have a voice?
Lack of support and funding to NGOs – often under-staffed and in need of specialist training, and vastly under-funded. Some HBV NGOs have closed as a result of funding cuts. How can we improve intervention despite funding cuts?
30th May 2018
Manchester Metropolitan University
HBV Policy Meeting – Invite Only – followed by:
Roadshow Launch Event: Business School, 12.00pm–4.00pm
This event concluded the National Roadshow and was introduced by Virendra Sharma MP, Member for Ealing, Southall.
With guest speakers:
Dr Maz Idriss - (Manchester Law School, Manchester Met University)
Dr Annapurna Waughray - ‘Caste and Discrimination’ (Manchester Law School, Manchester Met University) with Santosh Dass MBE
Rani Bilkhu - CEO, Jeena Charity
Mr Clive Driscoll - Former Detective Chief Inspector Clive Driscoll is most famous for being the man who finally secured convictions for the murder of Stephen Lawrence, and throughout his 35 year career, worked on some of the most high-profile cases at Scotland Yard
Jagdeesh Singh - ‘20 Years On since Britain’s Leading Outsourced Honour Killing: Remembering Surjit Athwal and current Victims’
The brother of Surjit Athwal, Jagdeesh campaigned vigorously on Surjit’s suspicious disappearance in December 1998 and subsequent honour killing and has consistently called for a public investigation of the same kind undertaken on the Stephen Lawrence murder, to examine and rectify the various aspects of Surjit type cases in the UK – policing, community, government, children services, CPS, courts, lawyers.
Pritpal Rai - Pritpal kindly agreed to share her personal experience as a forced marriage victim. She left home in 2014 and recently qualified as a private client solicitor.
Maz’s research concerns Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) in ethnic communities, including Honour-Based Violence (HBV) and Forced Marriages. Much of his work involves law and policy development and how the State can improve intervention for victims.
His work with NGOs such as Nottinghamshire Housing Community Association (NCHA), The Elm Foundation and Jeena has led him to identify the need for a joined up national approach to this subject. Working with other academics, such as Dr Annapurna Waughray and her field of work, together with charities such as Jeena, helps us bring together inter-disciplinary academics and practitioners.
Annapurna’s research focuses on issues of caste, caste-based discrimination and the law, in the Indian sub-continent in the UK, and in the wider South Asian diaspora. In the Indian sub-continent the link between caste and HBV is undisputed and there is an extensive body of scholarship on the topic as well as widespread activism condemning the role played by caste in HBV. The link between caste and HBV has been identified in UK research, and caste has been identified in CPS guidelines on HBV as a driver for HBV, but research on this topic in the UK is extremely limited. Annapurna’s contribution to this project would be directed at this research gap.
The Jeena Charity
The Jeena Charity has over 25 years frontline experience on raising awareness and supporting victims of issues on cultural harmful practices. Jeena are a member of the Government’s Forced Marriage Unit steering group, Home Office VAWG group, CSE Interfaith Group. Rani Bilkhu has raised awareness of the issues via local, national and international publications, media print, radio and television. She has also co-ordinated a number of events in the Houses of Parliament and specifically with the House of Lords.