HBVA-Honour Based Violence Awareness Network

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Jan 1 2016

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Online and worldwide

HBVA (Honour Based Violence Awareness Network) is an international digital resource centre working to advance understanding of HBV (honour based violence) and forced marriage through research, documentation, information and training for professionals who may encounter women, girls and men at risk of these forms of abuse in order to suggest good practise in responding to their needs.

HBVA builds and promotes a network of experts, activists, and NGOs from around the world, by establishing partnerships with international activists and groups working in this area in order to facilitate greater collaboration as well as highlighting the essential work of the NGOs activists and grassroots groups on the ground providing hands on assistance to young women and men at risk, with the knowledge in cases like those of Banaz Mahmod, people have died due to inappropriate and poorly-informed responses to their situations.

Honour-based violence (HBV) and forced marriage (FM) are forms of gender violence, which are often associated with South Asian or Middle Eastern cultures. While they are prevalent within these groups, they may also be found in many other ethnic and identity groups. It is important not to essentialise HBV and FM as an exclusively South Asian or Muslim phenomenon, not just because the effects on minority communities, but also because to do so runs the risk of failing to identify similar risk factors where potential victims belong to communities that are not popularly associated with these forms of violence.
This site intends to advise professionals in how to identify and provide an effective response to these forms of violence, and to provide links to organisations with expertise in providing help to people at risk. HBV and FM are often collective crimes, which cannot automatically be dealt with using standard domestic violence procedures as the level of risk and the preferred method of intervention may be differ.

HBVA, founded by Norwegian artist and human rights activist Deeyah and Joanne Payton of Cardiff University, provides guidance, links to resources and studies, and also links to organisations that are available to provide practical assistance and advice on a case-by-case basis. It intends to become a comprehensive source of information and research materials in both written and multimedia formats organized into an easily navigated digital resource.

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