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Honour based violence

Honour based violence is a type of domestic violence and abuse perpetrated in the name of so-called ‘honour’. It happens when family or community members perceive that a person has brought shame by breaking their honour code. This could include:

  • having a relationship outside of marriage
  • rejecting a forced marriage
  • pregnancy outside of marriage
  • interfaith relationships
  • seeking divorce
  • inappropriate dress or make-up
  • kissing in a public place

Honour based violence cuts across all cultures, nationalities, faith groups and communities and transcends national and international boundaries.

Find out more about honour based violence.

If you are concerned that an adult is at risk please call

0345 155 1007

or email

If it’s an emergency call 999