Honour killing

Vigil held against honour-based violence

A vigil will be held in Wolverhampton today to remember victims of so-called honour crimes.

Candles
City of Wolverhampton Council

Seven thousand cases were recorded in the UK between 2011 and 2016.

The crime involves violence by one family member against another, supposedly to protect or restore family honour.

There will be a lunchtime vigil starting with a walk from the Prince Albert statue to the bottom of the steps outside St Peter's Collegiate Church where a number of speeches will be made.

So-called honour-based violence is hidden within families and communities. It can take many forms of abusive behaviour and is under-reported in Wolverhampton.

Councillor Asha MattuCity of Wolverhampton Council

Charity says more seeking help to escape honour violence

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A Teesside charity is highlighting the growing numbers of people relying on its support to escape the threat of honour-based violence.

There are an estimated 12 honour killings each year in the UK - although the exact number is unknown.

The Middlesbrough-based Halo Project says it has helped more than 1,300 victims in the past eight years.

Founder Yasmin Khan said more and more victims are coming forward.