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Honour based violence

So-called 'honour based' violence or abuse is a crime or incident, which has or may have been committed to protect or defend the honour of the family and/or community.

Honour based violence can happen across all cultures and communities and is a fundamental abuse of human rights. There is no honour in the commission of murder, rape, kidnap and the many other acts.  

It is a collection of practices, which are used to control behaviour within families to protect perceived cultural and religious beliefs and/or honour.

Such violence can occur when perpetrators believe that a relative has shamed the family and/or community by breaking their honour code. Women are predominantly (but not exclusively) the victims of so-called honour based violence.

Acts of honour based violence are often committed with some degree of approval and/or collusion from family and/or community members. Examples can include:

Report it

We understand how difficult the position is for those faced with honour based violence. We also recognise the enormous cultural issues that can make reporting this very personal crime to the police or any third party extremely difficult.

We have a number of officers who specialise in investigating and supporting victims of this type of crime. 

The specialist investigators, based within our Harm Reduction Unit will provide you with a personal, empathetic and confidential service, which respects and understands the type of cultural issues that sit behind this type of crime.

If you would like to speak to an officer in the Harm Reduction Unit, please telephone 101 and request to speak to a member of the team. You can also report crime online. In an emergency, always dial 999.

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