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Nearly 3000 ‘honour’ abuse cases yearly in UK

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Summary of story from The Guardian, December 3, 2011

The number of women and girls in the UK suffering violence and intimidation at the hands of their families or communities is increasing rapidly, according to figures revealing the nationwide scale of “honour” abuse for the first time.

Statistics obtained under the Freedom of Information Act about such violence – which can include threats, abduction, acid attacks, beatings, forced marriage, mutilation and murder – show that in the 12 police force areas for which comparable data was available, reports went up by 47 per cent in just a year.

The figures, shared with the Guardian by the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (Ikwro), also reveal that a small number of forces – including four in Scotland – are still not collecting data on how often such violence occurs.

The 39 police forces that gave Ikwro figures recorded 2,823 incidents in 2010.

Ikwro estimates that another 500 crimes in which police were involved were committed in the 13 force areas that did not provide data.

But this is likely to be only the tip of the iceberg, campaigners say, as so many incidents go unreported because of victims’ fears of recrimination.

Ikwro’s campaigns officer, Fionnuala Ni Mhurchu, said the increase was probably due partly to better police awareness and to more victims coming forward after coverage of high-profile prosecutions, but that violence itself was also increasing as young people increasingly refused to bow to their families’ demands.

  1. vicki wharton says:

    More sexist violence and murder, with no collated figures. Really think we need to keep making the point that DV, honour violence, on line violence, street violence, verbal violence all has a common theme, men trying to treat women like animals they control by beating, intimidation and fear. Until we insist on the dots being joined up then the scale and brutality will continue to be a jigsaw puzzle that no one has put together.

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