Helpline launched for victims of forced marriage and honour based abuse
A 24-hour helpline has been launched to support victims of forced marriage and honour based abuse.
The project, which has been funded by West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson, will offer confidential advice to victims and survivors across the region.
A forced marriage is a criminal offence in the UK and takes place against someone’s will, while honour based abuse is a violent crime which includes patterns of coercive behaviour which can often be perpetrated by family members.
Both crimes have risen in recent years, although police believe the real figures are far higher as victims are often too scared to report incidents.
The free helpline will see fully trained staff on hand to direct victims to counselling services and access to immediate emergency refuge.
Mr Jamieson said: “The launch of this new 24-hour helpline will ensure that victims of forced marriage and honour based abuse are able to seek the right help and support.
”As well as supporting victims I am also committed to tackling the violence in the first place. I shall continue to support West Midlands Police to ensure so called hidden crimes are dealt with as a matter of urgency.”