On the 14th July, Wolverhampton will be taking part in a national day of remembrance for victims of Honour Based Violence (HBV).

 

HBV is a form of domestic abuse and refers to a collection of controlling behaviours including physical violence, motivated by a perceived need to maintain, or restore, family honour.

 

14th July marks what would have been the 31st birthday of Shafilea Ahmed who was brutally murdered by her parents in an honour killing.

 

In support of the Memorial Day, you are invited to a 30-minute remembrance event being held in Wolverhampton City Centre:

  • On: Friday 14th July
  • From: 12 noon – 12:30pm
  • Where: Starting at the statue of Prince Albert in Queen Sq at 12:00 noon, the event will include a short vigil walk to the statue of Lady Wulfruna in St Peters Square and a very brief ceremony.

Everyone is most welcome.

 

In the week leading up to this event, we are encouraging people to raise awareness of HBV throughout the City. During this time, we would ask that you raise awareness of Honour Based Violence within your organisation. Information about Honour Based Violence can be found at https://www.wolverhamptonsafeguarding.org.uk  and http://www.karmanirvana.org.uk

 

Statistics show that there were 7,000 recorded incidents of HBV in UK between January 2011 and August 2016.

However, Karma Nirvana, a charity supporting victims of HBV, receive around 700 calls each month to their helpline. Last year, 63 individuals and professionals in Wolverhampton contacted this national helpline to seek help and advice with forced marriage and honour based violence issues.

 

For any further information regarding the remembrance event, please contact pippa.thomas@wolverhampton.gov.uk.

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