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Report honour-based abuse or violence

Honour-based abuse (HBA) or violence (HBV) is any practice used to control behaviour within families to protect perceived cultural and religious beliefs or honour. It is a violation of human rights and is a serious crime.

Examples of honour-based abuse include:

  • assault
  • threats and intimidation
  • domestic, physical, sexual, emotional, financial or psychological abuse
  • forced marriage
  • rape
  • abduction
  • forced repatriation
  • murder

We respect any concerns you may have about reporting family members. We will always consider your wishes and put your safety first when taking any action.

Immediate danger

Call 999 if you are in immediate danger.

Report it

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

If contacting us online is the safest way for you to get in touch, fill in our report a crime or incident form.

Concerns about forced marriage

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


Support for victims

View a list of specialist honour-based abuse organisations who offer support and guidance.

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