Campaign to tackle crimes of ‘honour’ in Hampshire

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POLICE have launched a campaign to try to stamp out ‘honour-based’ violence.

Forced marriage and violence towards women are in the spotlight as Hampshire Constabulary attempts to deal with cultural problems often affecting communities with roots in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

As part of a drive to protect children, officers are working with teachers, GPs, and youth offending teams to identify and deal with suspected cases.

It is defined by the Association of Chief Police Officers as ‘a crime or incident, which has or may have been committed to protect or defend the honour of the family and/or community’.

Inspector Nigel Scott said: ‘Honour-based violence comes in many forms, and it ruins lives. Our ultimate aim is to protect those who are vulnerable to these crimes, and in order to begin doing this we must first help people in key positions across our counties understand what the issues are, what indicators they might see in children and young people, and how they can respond.’