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

  • Remembering Honour Based Abuse Victims on The Day of Remembrance

    Remembering Honour Based Abuse Victims on The Day of Remembrance

    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
  • The Sky Project Statement on the BlackLivesMatter movement

    The Sky Project Statement on the BlackLivesMatter movement

    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
  • 1000 Steps for Justice

    1000 Steps for Justice

    Sky Project volunteer walks over 10,000 steps to raise money for The Sky Project!
  • National Lottery Funding

    National Lottery Funding

    The Sky Project is ecstatic to have received funding from the National Lottery!
  • Understanding Forced Marriage – 1 hour CPD Accredited Training

    Understanding Forced Marriage – 1 hour CPD Accredited Training

    Sabeena Pirooz, Director of the Sky Project, will be providing a 1 hour accredited training session on the 19th March 2020. Tickets are £10 per session (plus a small administration charge) with all monies raised being put back into the charity. The training will take place at: Bristol Law Society, 12 Colston Avenue Bristol, BS1 4ST

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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


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.

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