In a new programme, police in Helsinki are helping children and youth with immigrant backgrounds who have run away from home to escape honour-based violence.
Honour-based violence takes many different forms and can include psychological and physical violence or threats when it is perceived that a child has brought dishonour to their family.
The Helsinki police are on call twice a month at the safe houses of Sopu, an organisation that takes a reconciliatory approach in supporting young people whose lives are restricted honour-based violence. When it is safe to do so, the method also involves engaging with the child’s parents and other family members.
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