AN EDINBURGH project supporting victims of honour abuse has been awarded almost £800,000 Lottery cash amid a rise in the number of reported cases.
The grant follows a survey which suggests the offence is accepted by a significant number of families in Edinburgh’s black and ethnic minority communities.
When a family member abuses a relative they believe has shamed the family or community, it is known as an honour crime. In a recent survey by Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council of 300 residents, 63 per cent said honour abuse was a part of their family’s belief system.
The Capital’s Bright Choices project has received £786,814 from the Big Lottery Fund to support 130 affected families over the next four years.
The project is supported by community justice organisation Sacro. Ian McDonough, from Sacro, said: “We use restorative and mediation approaches to dealing with individual cases which have not resulted in formal action such as criminal prosecution.”