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  • ‘Honour’-based violence helpline in trouble

    by Rumbold
    29th October, 2009 at 4:58 pm    

    In April of this year IKWRO and Karma Nirvana established an ‘honour’-based violence (HBV) helpline, the only one of its kind. The helpline has proved to be a success, with hundreds of calls every week. Yet the service is now under threat from a lack of funding, and so Karma Nirvana have launched a petition to try and secure public money.

    There is something fundamentally wrong with a system that spends over £600 billion and manages to wastes many billions, but can’t find the money to fund an important service for some of the weakest people in our society.

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    1. Kim — on 29th October, 2009 at 6:00 pm  

      Ban Islam in the UK, make it illegal. There are plenty of places to follow the faith if you are really devout but the United Kingdom should not be one of them. It needs to be a refuge for those that want to escape it!

    2. douglas clark — on 29th October, 2009 at 7:11 pm  


      Absolutely right!

      You and I might disagree about stuff, but we agree about things like this….


    3. Rumbold — on 29th October, 2009 at 7:21 pm  

      Thank you Douglas. I like to think that all right (and left) minded people would agree.

    4. douglas clark — on 29th October, 2009 at 7:39 pm  



      You know you and I disagree on the details, it is what we do.

      You also know we have never disagreed on an essential point.

      For, that would be a step too far, for me. And, I’d assume for you too.

    5. Rumbold — on 29th October, 2009 at 7:47 pm  

      Oh I know that Douglas.

    6. MixTogether — on 29th October, 2009 at 8:03 pm  

      Thanks for linking to this, the petition is sadly essential to try and jolt the current crop of government ministers into keeping their word.

      For those who don’t know, forced marriage is not a problem exclusive to Muslim communities.

    7. platinum786 — on 29th October, 2009 at 8:42 pm  

      I agree ban Islam, that’ll somehow generate money for the HBV hotline…

    8. clairwil — on 29th October, 2009 at 9:19 pm  

      This is too depressing and typical of how public funds are allocated. I’ve seen countless good projects fold because of a sudden loss of funding. I’ll get on to that petition and hope that if no public funding is forthcoming some alternative income can be found.

    9. MixTogether — on 29th October, 2009 at 10:16 pm  

      Clairwil let’s hope this case is not typical… Hopefully the cause will be taken up by bloggers to shame Vernon Coaker into action.

      As Jasvinder Sanghera says, this is a TRULY PROGRESSIVE cause. It deserves the full support of progressive bloggers…

      Please can we all keep an eye on the petition signature numbers too? It is at 111 now, but I could almost swear it was higher than that earlier tonight. I’ll put it down to my memory this time…

    10. Don — on 29th October, 2009 at 10:27 pm  

      Well, I’m number 317.

    11. Don — on 29th October, 2009 at 10:35 pm  

      BTW, is it just me, or did someone forget to put the clock back? It has 10.27 for my last comment and I’m pretty sure it’s 9.35.

      Oh, and spam all over the place.

    12. Rumbold — on 29th October, 2009 at 10:46 pm  

      It seems stuck on 249 signatures, unless you go via the link that is sent to you once you sign up. Then it is on 320 odd.

      The spam is out to play. I think the time is only adjusted when the Americans adjust their clocks, but I am not sure.

    13. Dan Dare — on 29th October, 2009 at 10:56 pm  

      Isn’t Prevent supposed to be preventing violent extremism of this kind, by winning hearts and minds? According to Arun Kundnani at the Insttitute of Race Relations, PVE had a budget of £140 million in 2008/9, surely they can spare a few bob from that and refrain for once from tapping up the long-suffering taxpayer yet again?

      According to Kundnani the total Prevent budget is set to rise another £100 annually by 2011. What the heck are they spending it on? Obviously not on preventing violent extremism within the ‘community’.

    14. persephone — on 29th October, 2009 at 11:37 pm  

      ^ the prevent programme is about changing long ingrained & perpetuated attitudes. That will take time. The helpline is to give direct & quick help to victims now.

      Its like saying the NSPCC helpline is not needed while abusers are having their attitudes changed but still offending.

    15. MixTogether — on 30th October, 2009 at 12:07 am  

      OK did a cache refresh and it’s up to 333 now.

      The questions about Honour Network funding vs Prevent funding are interesting. Why is the Honour Network being denied funding in the runup to an election?

    16. Dan Dare — on 30th October, 2009 at 3:23 am  


      Honour killings don’t count as violent extremism then, is that it?

    17. persephone — on 1st November, 2009 at 1:56 am  

      Dan Dare @16

      What is the aim of debating of what comes under what ‘label’. For clarity:

      All of it is violent. All of it is extreme. All of it is abuse.

      PVE aims to provide a much needed but long term solution and the Honour helpline offers immediate help and refuge in the interim.

      Both are needed.

      NB: not sure of your figure of £140 funding for PVE – another source states: In July 2007, Gordon Brown announced £70 million of funding over three years”

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