In November 2018, the Home Secretary announced the government’s public consultation on preventing and tackling forced marriage. The consultation is open to everyone, with particular interest in hearing from victims and survivors of forced marriage, those with expertise in the area of forced marriage, and relevant professionals, including those working in social care, education, policing and […]
Our fantastic Fedra recently won the award for ‘Employee of the Year’ from the Helplines Partnership. She talks to them about Karma Nirvana, the work we do and the prevalence of honour and forced marriage in the book Pride and Prejudice. Click here to read the Full Blog
Karma Nirvana have collaborated with Educare to bring a e-learning course to raise awareness of Honour-Based Abuse (HBA) and Forced Marriages (FM). The course is aimed at anyone working with children and young people aiming to raise their knowledge around HBA & FM. The course has received support from Nadhim Zahawi MP Children and Families […]
An idea inspired by our founder’s best-seller ‘Shame’. Teaming with Derby Theatre our idea became a reality. ‘Beyond Shame’ launched on 6th September and sold out 5 showings. Beyond Shame also went on the road and visited 5 schools and colleges across Derby. Working in partnership with the Police Crime Commissioner of Derbyshire it was […]
Survivor Website The Survivor Ambassador Panel was established in 2013 and enables survivors to come together in a safe space to share stories with like-minded individuals, reduce isolation and develop a new emerging community. It is for those who wish to rebuild their lives, often in absence of family or living with fractured relationships. This newly developed website is dedicated to growing […]
The charity Karma Nirvana on average receive 22 reports every week from children and young people concerned about a forced marriage, however, despite legislation introduced in June 2014, convictions have been rare until this week when we saw two prosecutions in the space of one week.
On average, we receive 700-800 calls a month to our helpline. 40% of calls are from professionals. There is an increase in the number of calls just before the school holidays, as this is when students are taken abroad to be married.
Yes, we support male and female victims experiencing forced marriage and honour-based abuse. We support individuals of all ages and ethnic backgrounds.
Schools are at the heart of prevention as forced marriage and honour-based abuse affect children as well as adults. During the summer holidays, there is a peak in male and female students going missing as they are often taken abroad for a forced marriage. Schools, therefore, play a crucial role in safeguarding students and helping […]
The Forced Marriage Unit may be able to help, however, you need to state publicly that you do not want your spouse to join you in the UK.