Today (Wednesday 14th July) is the National Day of Remembrance for victims of honour based abuse. This date is particularly poignant as it marks the birthday of Shafilea Ahmed, who was killed by her parents as part of an honour based crime.
Shafilea was 17 years old.
There is help available to anyone who knows or who is vulnerable and subject to honour based abuse.
If you or someone you know is, or is at risk of becoming, a victim of Honour Based Abuse or Forced Marriage, contact Warwickshire Police on 101. In an emergency call 999.
For confidential, non-judgmental and independent support in Warwickshire, call Refuge – Warwickshire Domestic Violence Service on 0800 408 1552. If you are not able to call, please email DVSW@refuge.org.uk
In addition to the local support available, the following regional and national helplines can also provide help and advice to Warwickshire residents. West Midlands Forced Marriage and Honour Based Abuse 24 Hour Free Helpline: 0800 953 9777
Further information about honour based abuse and forced marriage, including downloadable posters, can be found at https://safeinwarwickshire.com/harmfulpractices/