The devastating murders of Shafilea Ahmed and Banaz Mahmood have brought to light the severe consequences of honour-based abuse (HBA). In November 2022, the Women and Equalities Committee launched an inquiry into so-called honour-based abuse. While specific offences like forced marriage and female genital mutilation remain illegal, the inquiry recognised the need for there to be a statutory definition of honour-based abuse. This would help improve recognition of the crime and bring more perpetrators to justice. In the meantime, it is imperative for police forces, local safeguarding teams and the voluntary sector to work together to protect and support victims.

  • In the year ending March 2022, there were 2,887 HBA-related offences recorded by the police in England and Wales, according to Government data
    • This was an increase of 6 per cent compared with the year ending March 2021
  • In 2022, The Government’s Forced Marriage Unit announced it supported the victims in 302 cases of forced marriage and female genital mutilation
  • In 2022/23, Karma Nirvana’s helpline received over 2,500 calls, with more than 500 of those relating to forced marriage

Join us at The Tackling Honour-Based Abuse Conference to hear the latest policies for tackling and preventing honour-based abuse. High-level keynotes will offer expert insights on national strategies and approaches to improving response to incidents of HBA. Learn from a range of exemplary case studies covering various topics including engaging with communities, protecting victims and holding perpetrators to account. You will also have the opportunity to network with senior colleagues working in public and voluntary sectors to share common challenges.

Why Attend:

✓ High-level keynotes from leading experts working to prevent honour-based abuse
✓ Best practice guidance on tackling forced marriage and female genital mutilation
✓ Networking opportunities with speakers and senior colleagues from across the public and voluntary sectors
✓ 4 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota


This year’s conference package includes 12-months FREE access to GE Insights, our cross-sector learning resource of case study focused videos, articles, lived experiences and more (RRP £199). Gain unlimited access to our online platform when you purchase your conference ticket.

Key benefits include:

 100s of Exclusive Case Studies – fingertip access to videos and articles covering all key sectors including education and ALL CPD certified

 Key Sessions from All Our Conferences – gain valuable insights from our past, present, and future events (160+ pa)

 Articles and Interviews – learn from our network of expert speakers and contributors explore further the key discussions from the conferences

 Additional CPD Hours – automatically earn more for everything you watch, read, and hear

 Your Own CPD Dashboard – charts your progress, allows you to add notes, download your activities, and save/print an official CPD certificate

 Personalised Homepage – only see the relevant content you need to save time

 30+ New Uploads Each Month – we’re adding new content every week to ensure you stay engaged and informed all year round.

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


  • Online Registration

  • Chair’s Opening Remarks

    Dr Sadiq Bhanbhro, Senior Research Fellow, Sheffield Hallam University (CONFIRMED)

  • Keynote : Providing Person-Centred and Trauma-Informed Support to Survivors of Honour-Based Abuse

    • Strategies for opening up conversations with individuals who may be experiencing honour-based abuse
    • Understanding the impact honour-based abuse can have on a victim’s mental health and signposting them to the right support
    • Tailoring support services to a survivor’s needs and their cultural background: key tips and advice

    Nina Aouilk FRSA, Co-Founder, End Honour Killings (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Providing Support to Actively Reduce The Number of Forced Marriage Cases

    Sabeena Pirooz, Director, The Sky Project (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers 

  • Breakout Networking: Working in Partnership to Tackle Honour-Based Abuse

    This session will provide you with the opportunity to network with attendees of this event, to discuss challenges and solutions you face in collaborating with other agencies to identify, tackle and prevent honour-based abuse. Share experiences and encourage cross-sector collaboration.


  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Implementing Strategies to Support Black and Minoritised Communities Affected by Honour-Based Abuse

    Dr Surwat Sohail, Chief Executive, Roshni (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Identifying and Safeguarding Women and Girls Who May be Forced into Marriage

    • Training first responders to engage sensitively with prospective victims of forced marriage
    • Developing a forced marriage strategy to ensure clearly defined procedures and responsibilities
    • Supporting victims who are abroad: engaging with international police forces to return victims safely
    • Connecting victims with services to support them to live independently after escaping a forced marriage

    Mindy Mahil, Serious and Complex Crime Investigator, West Midlands Police (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Engaging with Communities to Change Behaviour and Prevent Incidents

    • Developing strong relationships with community leaders to encourage them to stand against HBA and harmful practices
    • Delivering community sessions to generate an open dialogue in communities where HBA is prevalent
    • Creating effective awareness campaigns so those at risk can access help and that communities understand the risk and impact for those affected
    • Establishing a 1-to-1 direct intervention service to safeguarded those at risk of HBA  and help them find their new beginning

    Afrah Qassim, CEO and Founder, Savera UK (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Chair’s Closing Remarks

    *programme subject to change without notice

Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be professionals from across the police, local government, healthcare and voluntary sectors.

*This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


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