Honour based violence covers a number of criminal offences, which are used to control behaviour within families to protect what are seen as cultural and religious beliefs and/or honour.
This type of violence can happen when the offender feels that a relative has shamed the family and/or community by breaking their honour code. It may include:
- Domestic abuse
- Forced marriage
Honour based violence can occur in any community and can affect both males and females of any age, ethnic origin or sexuality.
One of the most common and best known types of honour based violence is forced marriage. This is where two people are made to marry without the agreement of one or both of them by putting physical or emotional pressure on the victim or victims.
How you may be affected
Everyone is different but those who have suffered honour based violence may feel frightened, trapped and isolated. It is often not discussed or reported for a number of reasons.
Victims might be embarrassed or ashamed about what has happened to them. Also, they may come under pressure from relatives or community members, or worry that talking about it will bring dishonour on their family or get somebody into trouble.
That’s why it’s vital for you to know that if you come to us for support and advice, anything you tell us will be treated in confidence and you don’t have to report a crime.
So, if you feel you can talk, you can always get our support. Remember, nothing that has happened to you is your fault.
We realise that this may be a very sensitive issue for you but if you may feel alone and that no-one can help, just talking to someone here about what you are going through will make you realise that there are people on your side who will support you and help you understand what your choices are and how you can move on.
We are here to help you, please call us now. Calls are always treated in confidence. Call: 0808 168 9293