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Shaping Priority Services for UK Victims of Honour-based Violence/Abuse, Forced Marriage, and Female Genital Mutilation

Gill, Aisha K and Cox, Pamela and Weir, Ruth (2018) 'Shaping Priority Services for UK Victims of Honour-based Violence/Abuse, Forced Marriage, and Female Genital Mutilation.' Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 57 (4). 576 - 595. ISSN 0265-5527

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Abstract

Victims of honour‐based violence/abuse (HBV/A), forced marriage (FM), and female genital mutilation (FGM) are now defined as ‘priority groups’ in the UK's Code of Practice for Victims of Crime (commonly known as the Victims’ Code of Practice or VCOP). These groups encompass: those who are affected by the most serious forms of crime; those persistently targeted by crime; those vulnerable by age or physical or mental health; and those classified as intimidated victims. The Code recommends that these victims receive a ‘priority service’ that includes rapid needs assessment and enhanced support. This article draws upon research commissioned by a county police force in southern England which wanted to develop its provision for ‘priority service’ victims. It analyses data gathered from interviews with victims and multi‐agency practitioners and explores four dimensions of victim and practitioner experience: recording and locating victims; initiating a case; modes of protecting victims; and closing a case. It also discusses future directions and challenges for priority victim work in England and elsewhere, and identifies the many challenges experienced by practitioners working to support the victims of HBV/A, FM, and FGM. It argues that the voices of both victims and practitioners must be considered in the co‐creation of future priority services in this field.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriage (FM), honour‐based violence (HBV), priority victims
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > International Academy
Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2019 11:41
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 21:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/23872

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