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Victims of honour based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation will be taken seriously, says Ron Hogg

Communities should feel reassured that concerns will be taken seriously when they report cases of honour based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation, according to Ron Hogg.

Ron was speaking on the day before the anniversary of the death of Shafilea Ahmed who was murdered by her parents in 2003, after suffering years of abuse.

Ron is Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner for County Durham and Darlington. He said “there is still a long way to go to ensure this abuse is stamped out. We need to encourage more people to report this kind of incident. The Police, working with partner organisations, want to be able to provide an effective response on every occasion, and help to keep victims safe.

“If anyone is aware of a victim, or potential victim, of these appalling activities, they should feel able to report them to the Police. Alternatively, HALO is a charity that can provide comprehensive and meaningful support to victims. All contact can be anonymous, at the victim’s request”.

Ron added “working together, we can help to ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.”

A conference entitled It’s Not Culture, It’s Abuse takes place in Middlesbrough on Thursday, the anniversary of Shafilea’s death.
Posted on Wednesday 10th July 2019
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