Tees Valley Inclusion Project CIC was established in December 2011 and its registered charity and community and victim service, The Halo Project, in December 2014.
Tees Valley Inclusion provides a range of programmes that aim to improve the social, economic and well-being of Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Women and Girls and the wider communities across Tees Valley in the North East of England.
Halo delivers specialist services to BAME victims of Traditional Cultural Harms, categorised as radical and extremist practices, including Honour Based Violence, Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation, these high-risk crimes can also include sexual violence, hate crime, modern slavery, coercive control and grooming. The Halo victim service model includes community prevention, protection and safeguarding, alongside the delivery of accredited bespoke trauma informed, community education programmes, developed with and for women and girls who are at risk of or a victim, proven interventions that aid trauma recovery.
To date the service has supported in excess of 1800 women to flee from multiple perpetrators and multiple crimes, involving untenable mental and physical harm. The service also delivers specialist cultural advice and accredited training programmes to all organisations, including mainstream services e.g. the Police and Social Services; who have a legislative duty of care to safeguard.
Partnerships and collaborative working within communities is at the heart of the Halo successful service delivery model.
For example, with support from Building a Stronger Britain Together programme, Halo has established awareness raising Hubs in Northern Universities. Trained Volunteer Ambassadors in each University are staging awareness raising events across their campuses to cascade information about cultural harms and the legislation in the UK to their large student populations. Some of this work is showcased in photographs