The police force in Hertfordshire must improve their services regarding ‘honour’ crimes against black and minority ethnic (BME) women, according to a new report commissioned to improve services for priority victims.
Posted: 26 June 2017
The report Honour Based Violence and Abuse, Female Genital Mutilation and Forced Marriage: Shaping Services for Priority Victims in Hertfordshire was based on research conducted from February to April 2017. It was conducted by Professor Aisha K. Gill from the University of Roehampton, Professor Pamela Cox and Ruth Weir from University of Essex with consultant input from Professor Sandra Walklate, University of Liverpool. Data was gathered from a wide range of national and local sources and including unique local geographical information system (GIS) created by the team.
Primary data was collected from interviews with ten women victims and fourteen practitioners in the field. The victims of ‘honour’-based violence, forced marriage, and female genital mutilation had all engaged at some level with Hertfordshire Services in recent years. The majority of the victims who reported the crimes were satisfied with the initial response, but dissatisfied with their overall experience of dealing with the police.
The report concluded that the police and supporting services must:
Professor Gill said “The findings on agency gaps, honour-based violence strategy, services and challenges in Hertfordshire suggest that agencies do achieve basic levels in terms of tracking and monitoring offenders and responding to the needs of victims. To save lives, a stronger, more networked and victim-focused police response is vital. Far more needs to be done to provide effective policing to prevent harm and protect victims.”
Gill, Cox and Weir’s recommendations to protect these women better is to:
The report was commissioned by the UK Police Crime Commissioner of Hertfordshire, David Lloyd. Professor Gill is an established expert on ‘honour’ crimes and author in the field.
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