A charity has launched a series of roadshows on both sides of the border to raise awareness of forced marriages and honour-based violence. Last year Karma Nirvana hosted 12 events across England focusing on forced marriages and children and young people.
Each roadshow was free and over 1,500 people attended in total. Participants included police officers, social workers, domestic violence advocates and teachers. The charity saw an influx in calls to the helpline from all the roadshow areas visited, with an overall average increase of 30 calls per area.
Now, because of that success, Karma Nirvana has reached out to include Scotland in the 2011 schedule. Aberdeen will be the venue for an event on 10 June. The roadshows this year will highlight the prevalence of forced marriage and honourbased abuse, will examine “the survivor’s journey” and how professionals can empower more victims to come forward, and will focus on how to use the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007.