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College trains staff and students spotting tell-tale signs of violence

Staff and Students at Middlesbrough College at a training session with the Halo Project Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Middlesbrough College has teamed up with the Halo Project to educate staff and students in ways to spot honour-based violence and help victims of forced marriage.

The College says it doesn't have a specific problem. But it acknowledges its students are from a diverse range of communities.

Its Principal Zoe Lewis says that enabling staff and students to know how to deal with the problem means they can help those in trouble at an early stage.

Claims honour-based violence unreported because of racism fears

There are claims that honour-based violence in communities across the North East goes unreported because people are frightened of being branded racist.

An investigation by ITV Tyne Tees has revealed that those involved in helping victims of forced marriage and honour-based violence believe the scale of the problem is growing.

Claire Phillipson from Wearside Women in Need says that while the number of people approaching her for help is alarming, what is more worrying is the number who are not.

Forced marriage and honour violence 'worse than people think'

Organisations set-up to help victims of forced marriage and honour-based violence say the problem is worse than people think.

The Halo Project was set up to help people in the Tees Valley just over a year ago and in that time has helped more than 100 victims.

Chief executive Yasmin Khan says that this is just the tip of the iceberg.

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