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.
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