Thursday, 26 September 2013

Forced Marriage: An Asian Scandal ... Rampant In Birmingham!
At Karma Nirvana, we have one clear aim: to stop the scandal of forced marriage and honour-based violence

No apologies. No excuses. No backing down.

If you’re here to tell us that we can please all cultures without causing the slightest bit of offence - well, frankly, you’ve come to the wrong place.

Karma Nirvana is a registered Charity that supports victims and survivors of forced marriage and honour based abuse. The words Karma Nirvana simply mean'Peace and Enlightenment' as we hope our victims will achieve this through our work

We are your listening ear in confidence and many of us have the experience of forced marriage and issues related to honour based abuse. We are here for you when your at home or when you leave and will  talk over the phone wherever you are. One of our key principles is that we never talk to or engage with your family. Our commitment and loyalty is to you and as we understand the fears when family members become involved
Our team consists of survivors who themselves have been through issues, therefore we are able to offer a service for you to speak to a survivor. The project was established by Jasvinder Sanghera a survivor of forced marriage.
Our aim is to raise public awareness on the issues of Honour Based Abuse and Forced Marriage. In breaking the silence we provide education through accredited training, including seminars, conferences and workshops. Our expert call handlers provide confidential listening support, options and guidence to all professionals, victims and survivors of honour based abuse through our national helpline.

Police officers based at Birmingham Airport are receiving specialist training from the forced marriage charity Karma Nirvana about how they can better spot potential victims before they are put on to a flight under duress. The inputs, which are also being delivered at other airports nationwide, form part of Operation Sentinel, a long-running campaign by West Midlands Police to strengthen the force's commitment to protecting vulnerable victims, focusing on five key crime types.

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