Anisha and her siblings are physically and emotionally abused by their father.  Likewise their mother suffers similar abuse.  Initially frightened to ask for outside help, Anisha’s mother fears a loss of honour or Izaat.  Eventually she leaves her husband and her family move away to safety.
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Forced Marriage, “Honour”-based violence, Sexual abuse, Physical abuse,Community collusion
  • Guidance for swearing, sexual abuse and violent references

Level of Complexity: Intermediate
  • Differentiation applies depending on the audience
  • Trainer to develop the questions accordingly
 Video Synopsis
  • Young woman arrives in UK from India and has an arranged marriage
  • She is physically and emotionally abused by her husband and unsuccessfully tries to commit suicide
  • Their children suffer physical and emotional abuse by their father
  • The mother fears a loss of honour if she seeks outside help
  • Eventually the family moves away from the father and starts a new life

Issues Covered

  • Combination of abuse – domestic, physical, sexual
  • Physical/emotional abuse of children living in the household
  • Parental mental health issues

  • To recognize the impact of forced marriage on the family
  • To recognize and respond to abuse
  • To describe domestic abuse; the difficulties leaving the family home and the impact on children
  • To explore and explain “Honour”-based abuse and links to community collusion

  • What are the main issues for each member of the family?
  • What were the barriers to Anisha leaving an abusive relationship?
  • What services could help?
  • What is your role?
  • How do we recognize the impact of “Honour”- based abuse?
  • Can the community pose any barriers?

Target Audience:

  • Frontline workers in Adult and Children services
  • Frontline workers in Health Services , education, voluntary and community sector
  • Teachers
  • Social workers
  • Education support staff
  • Early years professionals
  • Midwives
  • Health visitor
  • Family support worker
  • Elected members and strategic leads
  • Community groups

Useful For:

  • Conference
  • Group training
  • Awareness event
  • Supervision

Training Suggestions:

  • Accessing further training in locality
  • Finding out about local services and how they operate
  • Checking local safeguarding procedures and national guidance
  • Checking out local forums/community groups

Useful Links

For Further Support

  • Multi-agency safeguarding hubs
  • Domestic and sexual violence partnership (Safer Communities)
  • Safeguarding Adults Board
  • Local safeguarding Children Board
  • Children’s social care
  • Adult Social Care
  • Mental Health services
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)