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Honour Based Violence and Forced Marriage

Overview

This course will increase your understanding of the issues surrounding 'honour-based' violence and forced marriage. It will also help you handle situations appropriately where this abuse has occurred or might occur.

Audience

The course aims to help anyone who works with children or has regular contact with children to recognise and respond to situations where abuse linked to 'honour-based' violence and forced marriage has occurred or may occur.

For example, those who work in schools, healthcare, social care, faith organisations, community groups or the police.

About this course

The course will increase your understanding of abuse relating to 'honour-based' violence and forced marriage. It will also help to reduce any anxiety you may have about carrying out your safeguarding responsibilities when working with or dealing with people who have different belief systems.

The course is split into five modules:

  • Understanding the Community
  • What is 'Honour-based' Violence and Forced Marriage?
  • The Victims and the Perpetrators
  • Barriers to Change
  • Challenges for the Professional
  • This course contains additional resource materials, useful links and five refresher guides.

    Objectives

    In the course you will:

  • Understand what is meant by ‘honour’
  • Understand what it means to communities
  • Understand where it comes from
  • Know how big the problem is
  • Know what is forced marriage, ‘honour-based’ violence and ‘honour’ killings
  • Know how big a problem it is in the UK
  • Know who is most at risk
  • Understand what the family’s motives are
  • Know what the aggravating factors are
  • Understand what the impact on the victim is
  • Learn about the barriers to change
  • Know the law in relation to ‘honour-based’ crimes
  • Learn about the indicators
  • Know when victims are most at risk
  • Content

    Here are a few of the topics covered in this course:

    Banaz Mahmod | Not a minor crime | Sexual ‘honour’ | What is ‘honour’? | Losing ‘honour’? | Immoral acts? | The origins of ‘honour’ | Where do ideas of ‘honour’ come from? | So what’s the problem? | Current attitudes | Self-perpetuating phenomenon | The right to marry | What is forced marriage? | Reported honour killings | Is forced marriage illegal? | Is forced marriage a gender issue? | Forced marriage and arranged marriage | Deja’s story | What is ‘honour-crime’? | ‘Honour-based’ violence and domestic abuse | Different motivations | Are things getting better? | A real and serious problem | The victim’s mindset | The victims | Who is most at risk? | What is a parent’s motivation? | Religion | Familial motives for forced marriage | Aggravating factors | Abuses related to forced marriage | Abuses after forced marriage | Rape | Abandonment | The victim’s predicament | The psychological impact on the victim | The future for victims and their children | The future for the victim’s children | Why don’t they run away? | After running away | Persistent attitudes | Communities blocking change | Deterrents to women fleeing abuse | Escape deterrents | Difficulty getting religious divorces | Government failures | What is the law? | The law and forced marriage | New legislation and penalties | What should professionals look out for? | Less common warning signs | The ‘one chance’ rule | Case study: Medya at school | Case study: Medya and Social services | Case study: on reflection