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Polly Harrar (Harmful Practices Intervention Specialist)

Career Achievements, Expertise, Awards and Qualifications

Polly Harrar is a subject matter expert and founder of The Sharan Project, a registered charity (England and Wales) supporting South Asian Women in the UK who have been affected by abuse or persecution, to include forced marriage, honour abuse, dowry violence, domestic abuse, disownment and cultural conflict.

As a strategic leader, she is the joint Chair of the London Harmful Practices Group led by the Metropolitan Police, member of the Home Office National Oversight Group, the Forced Marriage Partnership Board within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Home Office and an advisory member for the Women’s Interfaith Network.

She is a recognised Expert Witness on Forced Marriage and Honour Based Abuse and has an extensive understanding of the wide range of harmful practices faced by BAME women and children and can regularly be heard speaking on these matters at a national and local level and through mainstream media.

Her track record in delivering training is reflected in her engagement with various UK Police Forces, CPS, Magistrates Association, Judicial College, Home Office, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Educational Institutes and front-line professionals.

Previous appointments include the National Domestic Abuse Helpline, The Stroke Association, Kaleidoscope Trust, London Development Agency and the former Commission for Racial Equality. As a multi award winning campaigner, she has been recognised by Amnesty International, 10 Downing Street and the Independent on Sunday’s Happy List amongst others.

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