So-called Honour-based Abuse, Forced Marriage, and Female Genital Mutilation

Scoping and Research Exercise


Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) commissioned onEvidence Ltd to undertake a scoping and research exercise into so-called ‘honour’-based-abuse and forced marriage in Greater Manchester.

About the client

GMCA is made up of the ten Greater Manchester councils and Mayor, who work with other local services, businesses, communities and other partners to improve the city-region.

So-called Honour-based Abuse, Forced Marriage, and Female Genital Mutilation - scoping and research exercise for GMCA

Background and objectives

GMCA published its Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Strategy in September 2021, which sets out a comprehensive, responsive programme of service delivery to enhance the safety of women and girls, while preventing GBV from occurring in the first place and challenging the attitudes and inequalities that enable it.

GMCA’s aim over the next 10 years is to deliver a radical transformation in Greater Manchester’s approach to gender-based abuse and violence in all its forms. This includes enhancing the provision of services dedicated to tackling so-called ‘honour’-based abuse (HBA), forced marriage (FM), and female genital mutilation (FGM).

With this in mind, GMCA commissioned onEvidence to undertake a scoping and research exercise to help them to gain a better understanding of the level of HBA/FM/FGM victimisation experienced in Greater Manchester, the nature of issues facing victims, their range of needs, and what support is currently available to victims.


onEvidence designed a mixed-method approach for the scoping and research exercise. This included a survey and focus group discussions to capture the views and experiences of victim service providers and criminal justice agencies in Greater Manchester, and national experts. This was underpinned by a desk review of relevant literature and data from Greater Manchester Police and Crime Survey.

The main aims of the scoping and research exercise were to:

  • Establish what support is currently available to victims of HBA/FM/FGM.
  • Gain an understanding of the needs of victims to enable better and more effective commissioning and value for money of existing services.
  • Identify where there are gaps in service provision.
  • Make recommendations for the future commissioning of victims’ services in Greater Manchester.

The report helps build a better understanding of profile and needs of victims in Greater Manchester and the range of services currently available to support them. It also acts a starting point to inform the future commissioning of services.

The full report will be published in mid-2024.

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