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Honour Based Abuse or Violence

So-called honour based abuse or violence is any practice used to control behaviour within families to protect perceived cultural and religious beliefs and/or honour. It is a violation of human rights and is a serious crime.

Examples of honour-based abuse or violence include:

  • threats and intimidation
  • rape
  • assault
  • abduction
  • domestic abuse, physical, sexual, emotional, financial or psychological abuse)
  • forced marriage where you not are given a choice if you want to marry the other person, in the UK or be taken abroad to marry
  • murder

Report it

If you feel in immediate danger you should dial 999.

If you feel you are at risk of honour based abuse or violence, we would prefer to speak to you:

However, if contacting us online is the safest way for you to get in touch, fill in the Report a crime or incident form.

If you are concerned that someone you know is going to be taken abroad and forced into marriage, you can apply for a forced marriage protection order to be made on the website.

Please don’t be worried about talking to us, we will always listen to you and do everything we can to help.

Further help

The following organisations can offer help and support: