“Vulnerable victims of honor abuse will be stuck in a vicious cycle if change doesn’t happen now”

Leeds-based charity Karma Nirvana has written to the government calling for a statutory definition of honor abuse.

The charity’s aim is to end honor abuse in the UK. It runs a national helpline to help those affected and in its latest campaign called on the government to do more to help victims and create a statutory definition, for which there is currently no one in England and Wales.

Karma Nirvana has previously campaigned with sector partners including Women’s Aid and Right to Equality, as well as Leeds mum Yasmin Javed – whose daughter Fawziyah was pushed from Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh by her husband Kashif Anwar. The #Push4Change campaign was launched in March this year and called on the Government to introduce the definition.

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The charity said: “The sector has since come together to agree a statutory definition for honor abuse which is legally sound and ready to be added to the statute with the Minister’s support. This development signals not only progress. but also a strong call to action As advocates for change, the sector supports the rights of HBA (honour-based abuse) survivors and demands accountability from decision-makers”.

A letter has been written to MP Laura Farris inviting her to meet with campaigners to understand the impact this would have and to urgently introduce a statutory definition for HBA.

Karma Nirvana said: “The impact of this will mean there is better identification through a shared understanding of honor abuse across all professional sectors, better protection for victims through better guidance from statutory guidance and victim empowerment , more research and accurate data collection, and more consistent reporting, which in turn leads to proper allocation of resources through informed decision making.

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