To mark Memory Day for victims of honour-based abuse, Hounslow Council’s Domestic and Sexual Violence Team held an information and awareness raising event on 13 July at Hounslow House.
Published: Friday, 15th July 2022
Joined by other Council services and partners, residents and professionals had the opportunity to talk in confidence with specialist organisations and access urgent support if needed.
Organisations taking part included Southall Black Sisters, the Adult Social Care Pop-up Information Shop and SheWise, a new charity set up to offer training, coaching and support services for women from diverse backgrounds. Around 20 people visited the information stalls, where they were also able to ask questions and gain further insight into this issue.
Day of memory for victims of honour-based abuse began in 2015 to remember the life of Shafilea Ahmed who was murdered by her parents in 2003 after suffering years of abuse. It is estimated that there are 12 ‘honour’ killings in the UK each year although the actual number is unknown. Karma Nirvana is the campaigning organisation behind the day who supports women and girls at risk with information, advice and a telephone helpline.
Councillor Ajmer Grewal, Hounslow Council’s Cabinet Member for Safety,
“I was pleased to attend the event which highlights this important issue. It is vital that women and girls at risk of ‘honour-based’ abuse or forced marriage know that there are organisations that really understand what they are experiencing and the complexities of each individual situation. I want to emphasise that no-one should feel that they are alone, please talk to us; we will be able to help.”
Hounslow residents who may be experiencing this or any other kind of domestic abuse, or know anyone who may be at risk, are reminded that they can always call the police on 999 if the situation is urgent. Information, support and advice is also available at:
- Hounslow One Stop Shop. Free and confidential advice to everyone, regardless of gender, sexuality, race, disability, or age. Open every Wednesday from 10-12pm, The Arts Centre, 1st Floor, Treaty Shopping Centre, Hounslow, TW3 1ES. No appointment required. For more details, call 07810 013 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm).
- EACH Counselling & Support. Specialist support and counselling services for women affected by domestic and sexual abuse in London. Call 0208 577 6059 (Mon – Fri 9am- 5pm).
- Southall Black Sisters. Provides specialist support and advice to women and their families from Asian, African and Caribbean origins residing in London. Call 0208 571 9595.
- Asian Women’s Resource Centre. Provides advice and advocacy services, available in five community languages (Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Hindu and Urdu). Call 0808 169 4455 (Mon-Fri 9-5pm)
For further information on local domestic abuse support in Hounslow support, please see the following web pages: