Welcome to the Sky Project

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.



Recent News

  • Great donation from Bristol Junior Lawyers!

    Great donation from Bristol Junior Lawyers!

  • Bristol Forced Marriage Working Group

    Bristol Forced Marriage Working Group

    In 2017, Sabeena Pirooz, the Sky Project Director commenced chairing the Bristol Forced Marriage Working Group, a multi-agency network of professionals who are tackling the issue of forced marriage in and around Bristol and the South West. The Sky Project
  • Sky Project Director wins Award

    Sky Project Director wins Award

    Sabeena Pirooz, Sky Project Director won Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year at Bristol Law Society Awards 2016, held on 13 November at the Bristol Marriott Hotel. The ceremony was hosted by BBC legal correspondent Clive Coleman. Nominees in this
  • Victims Forced Underground

    Victims Forced Underground

    In July 2014 it became a criminal offence to force someone into marriage, but a Bristol-based charity says the law could be forcing victims to “go underground” rather than see their family prosecuted. Following a Freedom of Information request to HM
  • Bristol Law Society – Forced Marriage

    Bristol Law Society – Forced Marriage

    It has not been long since the Government announced that forcing someone into a marriage will be made a specific criminal offence in England and Wales. The aim of this new legislation is that it will prevent forced marriage from

Take Action

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

Case Studies

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

Training

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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Testimonials

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.

Kim Hometruths, Swindon

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.

Nicola Hennighan Safeguarding Support Midwife