The number of callers suffering from honour-based abuse fell last year – but more victims asked for help after escaping their abusers as the UK ended pandemic restrictions. For the first time, figures provided by Karma Nirvana – the specialist charity for victims and survivors of honour-based abuse – were published alongside other domestic abuse figures by the Office for National Statistics.
They show that Karma Nirvana supported 2,274 people suffering some form of honour-based abuse in the year ending March 2022, down by 11% from 2,566 cases the previous year. However, among those, 890 callers asked for help after fleeing honour-based abuse, forced marriage, or domestic abuse – up by 52% from 586 the previous year.
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Number of Women and Girls At Risk: 25,000
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