Government responds to issues raised by Dame Vera
Earlier this year the Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales Dame Vera Baird QC wrote to the Home Secretary expressing concern about the fall in prosecutions in relation to so called Honour-Based Abuse (HBA) and the support available to those who have experienced it.
This was highlighted at a meeting with the CEO of the charity Karma Nirvana, which supports victims of HBA and campaigns to raise awareness of it.
In her letter Dame Vera said: “I am keen to do whatever I can to ensure that victims of HBA are receiving proper support and access to justice.
“Therefore, I would welcome the opportunity to meet with your officials to discuss… concerns and what further action your Department might take.
“In particular, I am keen to explore whether Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services might undertake a follow up inspection given the lack of improvement since the 2015 report.”
A response has now been received from Victoria Atkins MP – the minister for safeguarding. This can be read here. She refers to some welcome initiatives and a plan to meet with Home Office officials to see what more can be done to protect victims and potential victims from any form of HBA.