If you or your family are in immediate danger, or if you have sustained physical injuries, call the police and emergency services on 999.

Honour Based Violence

Everyone can sometimes feel that they are unable to live their lives the way they want to because of reactions from friends and family. However, if you are scared that your actions may lead to violence from your family, and the community you may be experiencing so-called ‘honour based’ violence.

So-called honour based violence 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 can be seen to be undermined by many things; including: a woman having a boyfriend; rejecting a forced marriage; pregnancy outside of marriage; interfaith relationships; seeking divorce, inappropriate dress or make-up and even kissing in a public place.

So-called honour based violence can exist in any culture. Most victims are women but men can also be victims. It us important to understand that this is not a crime which is only committed by men, sometimes female relatives will support, incite or assist. It is also not unusual for younger relatives to be selected to undertake the abuse as a way to protect senior members of the family. So-called honour based violence is against the law and support is available to help you keep safe.

If this is happening to you, there are things you can do to help keep yourself safe. Click here to find out how.

Main contacts for help

Next Link

Offers crisis support and safe temporary supported housing to women and children experiencing domestic abuse.
0117 925 0680
www.nextlinkhousing.co.uk

The Sky Project

Based in Bristol, the Sky Project provides information and support for professionals, communities and individuals on issues around forced marriage.
www.skyproject.org.uk

People who can help

If you are afraid that you may be a victim of so-called honour based violence, it is not your fault and there are local and national services that can provide support.

If someone is at immediate risk ring the Police on 999.

Henna Foundation

The Foundation works nationally and internationally to advance the needs, concerns and aspirations of Muslim women, children and their families.

029 20496920

www.hennafoundation.org

Karma Nirvana

Aims to stop the scandal of forced marriage and honour-based violence.

0800 5999 247

www.karmanirvana.org.uk

Forced Marriage Unit

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office provides information about forced marriage and can intervene to make you safe.

0207 008 0151

www.fco.gov.uk

My father found out that I had a boyfriend and that changed everything in our family. He literally kept me prisoner in the house and wouldn’t let me see my friends. I didn’t know who to trust, and needed to speak to someone for help.

Sara got help by contacting a support agency.