UK Website to tackle honour violence

BBC 14 January 2010

Victims of forced marriage or honour violence can now turn to online counsellors for help. A website, called Practical Solutions, provides confidential support to victims anywhere in the world - from offices in Blackburn, Lancashire. Started last week, the community-based initiative has support from Blackburn MP and Justice Secretary Jack Straw.

In the past year, the Home Office's Forced Marriage Unit took 197 calls for help across north-west England.

The Practical Solutions charity has been working with victims of forced marriage and honour violence in Blackburn for 10 years.

It specialises in challenging such incidents through advice, support and training.

Mr Straw has welcomed the new website

Speaking at the launch of the new website, organiser Mussurut Zia said more victims were seeking help, but that they could just be the tip of the iceberg (...)