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What is so-called honour based violence?

Crimes in the name of so-called honour are acts of violence against women perpetrated crimes that are committed

to protect perceived cultural and religious beliefs and/or honour. Such violence can occur when perpetrators perceive that a relative has shamed the family and/or community by breaking their honour code. It is a violation of human rights and may be a form of domestic and/or sexual violence. There is no, and cannot be, honour or justification for abusing the human rights of others.¹

So-called honour based violence can include:

  • murder
  • un-explained death (suicide)
  • domestic imprisonment
  • kidnapping and abduction of children
  • forced marriages
  • female genital mutilation
  • acid attacks
  • rape

Anyone affected by these forms of violence and abuse should be able to access help and support when they need it and every case should be taken seriously. The Live Fear Free Helpline is a 24 hour helpline for women, children and men experiencing domestic abuse, sexual violence or other forms of violence against women on 0808 80 10 800.


¹ http://www.cps.gov.uk/legal/h_to_k/honour_based_violence_and_forced_marriage/

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