Victims facing a forced marriage do not often express their concerns, but there are some warning signs that may indicate the possibility of an impending forced marriage
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Based in Bristol, we provide training and support to a range of professionals, communities, schools, universities, professional bodies and any other relevant group on the issues of forced marriage and honour based violence.
Forced Marriage is a criminal offence. If you or someone you know is being forced to marry in the UK or abroad, please contact the Forced Marriage Unit on 0207-0080151. If that person is in immediate danger, please contact the police.
- Happy New Year from all The Sky Project Team! 2020 has certainly been a difficult and challenging year for most of us, but particularly victims of Forced Marriage and ‘Honour’ Based Abuse. Please click here to read the our latest
- Sabeena Pirooz was nominated for the Inspirational Women in Law Awards for her work for The Sky Project. Although not a win on the evening of 5th November 2020, Sabeena was proud to reach the finals and hear inspirational speeches
- On 14th July 2020, The Sky Project team remembered Honour Based Abuse victims on The Day of Remembrance. This commemorates the birthday of Shafilea Ahmed, murdered at 17 by her parents for refusing a forced marriage. #notforgotten
- As Director of the Sky Project in Bristol and also being born in Britain as a person of colour – I stand in solidarity with the worldwide Black Lives Matter movement. This important opportunity to tackle racism on all fronts
- Sky Project volunteer walks over 10,000 steps to raise money for The Sky Project!
First Steps In All Cases See them immediately in a secure and private place where the conversation cannot be overheard Recognise and respect their wishes; maintain and reassure them about confidentiality If the young person is under 18 years of
Narina “I felt that I had no option. Oncethey had taken me out of the country there was nothing I could do. I had no contact with anyone but the family. My mother was caught between my feelings and the
Awareness of, and education into the issues and difficulties faced by victims of forced marriage and so called honour based violence are key foundations to effective service provision. In association with the Forced Marriage Unit, we aim to provide an
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The Sky Project gave an engaging and detailed presentation at a recent conference we hosted about the hidden issues of domestic abuse. The warmth and passion they brought to a complex and challenging subject area had the audience gripped. The knowledge and understanding of Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence the Sky Project have is enlightening, informative and invaluable to raise awareness and impact on the safety and freedom of people within Bristol and the UK at risk of forced marriage. Thank you so much.
In 2016/2017, NBT Midwifery Safeguarding Team undertook five specialist domestic abuse training days, which recorded over 180 midwives, doctors and maternity care assistants attending for Level 3 Safeguard Training. The Safeguard Team were very grateful to have the Sky Project (Sabeena) presenting at the training. This gave the participants an introduction to Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence, the referral system and the knowledge of who can support the community midwives if they have concerns around this issue. On evaluation of the training, 90% of the participants noted that they ‘strongly agreed’ that this training had been beneficial to their knowledge (with the other 10% ‘agreeing’ also). We very much value multi-agency working with agencies such as the Sky Project in order to provide the midwives supporting these vulnerable clients, the knowledge, confidence and skills to support women who may be suffering domestic abuse. Thank you Sky Project for your excellent input and for supporting the training of our midwives and doctors.