Honour Based Abuse/Honour Based Violence

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

This type of abuse can occur when the perpetrators perceive that a relative has shamed the family and/or community by breaking their honour code.

Honour based abuse or violence encompasses a variety of offences including:

  • Murder
  • Rape
  • Assault
  • Abduction
  • Domestic abuse
  • Coercive control.

Honour based abuse can occur in any community and can affect both males and females. All cases will be handled with care and sensitivity to make sure we give the victims the support they need.

Report it 

IMPORTANT – If you think you are in immediate danger, or believe someone else may be in imminent danger then call 999. 

If you are a victim of honour based abuse, or you believe someone else may be at risk, or if you have any information at all about suspected acts of honour based abuse then please contact us by calling 101, or go into a local police station. We take reports of honour based abuse very seriously and will work with other agencies to fully protect and support the victim.

Useful links and contacts:

 Wiltshire Police information on Domestic Abuse

 Wiltshire Police information on Forced Marriage

 Stalking and harassment

 Karma Nirvana

 Halo Project

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