Local Democracy Reporter
Police officers are being trained to help victims of forced marriage, female genital mutilation (FGM) and honour-based abuse crimes.
Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro said although the number of honour-based crimes is not high in Surrey he welcomed the move to crackdown on “harmful traditional practices”.
Forty officers have been trained to guide and advise officers and staff when investigating crimes such as forced marriage and FGM, and more will be trained in April 2020, Surrey Police said.
By Tom Bateman
Middle East Correspondent
A vigil will be held in Wolverhampton today to remember victims of so-called honour crimes.Copyright: 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.Quote Message: 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. from Councillor Asha Mattu City of Wolverhampton Council
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.
Payzee Mahmod describes the impact of her sister's murder in a so-called honour killing 13 years ago.
By Emma Saunders