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New Honour Based Violence & Forced Marriage support for victims


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Victims of forced marriage and honour based violence in County Durham and Darlington are set to benefit from extra support, following the launch of a new service this week by the HALO Project.

Ron Hogg, Durham Police and Crime Commissioner is funding the HALO Project, which will ensure victims of these crimes receive the much-needed support and appropriate advice they need.

Hosted in Durham, the significant event is taking place on Friday 23rd January at 4.00pm at The Durham Centre, Belmont Industrial Estate, Durham, DH1 1TN.

Media interviews will be available from 3.15pm, with:

  • Ron Hogg, Durham Police and Crime Commissioner
  • Chaz Akoshile, Joint Head of the Forced Marriage Unit (Home Office)
  • Gerry Wareham, North East Chief Crown Prosecutor
  • Maya Nirula & Ifsa Mehmood, Student HALO Project (Durham University)
  • Victim of crime - A survivor's story (identity to remain anonymous)

The media are invited to attend the event for filming/interview/photo opportunities.

Anyone interested in attending should contact Nyama Johnson at the Durham Police and Crime Commissioner's office on 03000 264632 / 07584 581633.

A copy of the agenda is attached, highlighting the excellent work and support from partner agencies working to protect and support victims.

The event will end with the unveiling of a student HALO campaign, an innovative approach to raise awareness of these issues for young people.
Posted on Tuesday 20th January 2015
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