Lawyers and police discuss honour crimes in South Yorkshire

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The extent of ‘honour-based’ violence in South Yorkshire was discussed at a meeting of legal professionals, police and victims’ charities.

They met to try to build up a clearer picture of the extent of the issue in Yorkshire and Humberside.

Issues including forced marriage and female genital mutilation were discussed.

Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor Gerry Wareham, regional lead on issues surrounding violence against women, chaired the discussion.

He said: “So-called honour-based violence is a fundamental abuse of human rights. It cuts across many communities.

“It is about power and it is about control. It has no place in civilised society. There is no honour in the commission of murder, rape, kidnap, and the many other oppressive acts which make up this criminal behaviour.

“The aim of this event is for delegates to share their challenges and experiences and to identify ways in which we can work together to bring more perpetrators of these crimes to justice and give greater support and assurance to victims.

“We at the Crown Prosecution Service remain committed to prosecuting with the full force of the law those that are found to have harmed others.”