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As the Sancus team, Jacquie, Anne and Tony head over to Leeds to join up with our Karma Nirvana colleagues here is the press release ahead of tomorrows conference.

    

PRESS RELEASE

British Human Rights charity Karma Nirvana host their first annual ‘Coercive and Controlling Behaviour Conference’ in Leeds. The event will be led by charity founder, Jasvinder Sanghera CBE and Sancus Solutions, the UK’s leading dedicated Investigative Skills Training Company.

Amongst leading experts in the field of Honour Based Violence will be Christian Papaleontiou, Head of the Home Office Interpersonal Violence team.

The Serious Crime Act 2015 created a new offence of controlling and coercive behavior, however, this potentially powerful new legislation is much underused with large areas of the country reporting no new prosecutions.

Hear first hand stories of British survivors of this abuse and share in this rare opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of how new legislation can be effectively used to seek protection for victims and prosecutions against perpetrators.

Jasvinder Sanghera CBE said,This legislation could have been written for honour based abuses and therefore it is imperative that professionals understand it in the context of survivor experiences which will be at the heart of our conference.  Honour based abuse has a serious effect on victims that leads to a substantial adverse effect on their day-to-day activities. Families play an active role to ensure they do not become a cause of social embarrassment by dishonouring, so victims are prevented from basic rights such as independence and stopped from integrating into and embracing British society”.

Conference Chair, Mark Burns-Williamson, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire said:  “Often victims of honour abuse feel totally isolated and find it very difficult to come forward. It’s crucial conferences such as are held to re-inforce how new legislation can be implemented positively.”