Force ‘not prepared’ for honour violence

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THE county’s police force has been rated as not being prepared to protect people from the harm of honour-based violence.

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary said Hampshire Constabulary was prepared in leadership and protection categories of tackling of the crime.

But it in terms of awareness and understanding, and enforcement and prevention, it was not yet prepared.

The force was given that rating overall.

HM Inspector of Constabulary Wendy Williams said: ‘Honour-based violence is being suffered on a daily basis by blameless citizens across all areas and communities.

‘The immense emotional difficulty victims have in reporting the crimes they have suffered mean that victims are acutely and continually vulnerable.

‘Although initial responses by the police are good, only a small number of forces are well-prepared for the complexity that honour-based violence cases can pose.’

It is first time HMIC has carried out an inspection of forces focusing specifically on the crime.

The report includes honour-based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation. HMIC said police need to be trained.