National Day of Memory for Britain’s Lost Women
In support of today’s (14 July) National Day of remembrance of victims who have lost their lives to ‘Honour’ crimes, officers from the City of London Police’s Public Protection Unit and Victim Support will be holding a community awareness event at the Artizan library to highlight the topic of honour based abuse and force marriage.
Detective Inspector Anna Rice of the Public Protection Unit said , “Today (14 July) is the birthday of Shafilea Ahmed, a 17 year old grade ‘A’ student who was tragically killed by her parents for being ‘too westernised’ and who rejected an ‘arranged’ marriage.
“The City of London police is committed to working closely with partner agencies and affected communities to tackle the issue of honour based abuse and forced marriage to prevent something like this from happening again.
“Raising awareness of this amongst the residential and business community within the City of London will help us to reach those who may be at risk and allow them to access the support and guidance that is available in confidence.
“We have a cross section of police officers, support staff and a vulnerable victims co-ordinator who are here to help break down barriers that prevent victims from coming forward.”
Visit us today at: Artizan library, 1 Artizan street, London E1 7AF from 1000 to 1500
Our specially trained officers will be available to provide information and confidential support to victims of honour based abuse and force marriage.
If you are suffering, or know someone who is at risk, please speak to us.
Alternatively, if you would like some advice and guidance, but don’t want to talk to the police, you can speak to a number of different organisations in complete confidence who can help:
Joanna Davidson (The City of London vulnerable victim co-ordinator) – 07944 634946
Victim Support Line – 0845 3030900 or www.victimsupport.org.uk
The Forced Marriage Unit: 020 7008 0151 or 02070080417
Karma Nirvana, a registered Charity that supports victims and survivors of Forced Marriage and Honour Based Abuse - 0800 5999 247
Iranian and Kurdish women’s organisation - 0207 9206460
If you wish to report a crime anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 Speak to us poster