Honour based violence

Honour based violence includes a range of violent crimes, such as assault, imprisonment, and murder, when the offender is being punished by their family or society. The victim of honour based violence is being punished for allegedly violating the moral standards that their family or community deems to be appropriate, and this is said to bring 'shame' to the family or community.  

Motives for honour based violence

Honour based violence may occur against people who:  

  • Are in a relationship with someone who is from a different religion/culture  
  • Trying to escape a forced or arranged marriage  
  • Are pregnant outside of marriage  
  • Wearing clothes that are deemed inappropriate  

Further information

For more information on what support is available in your borough visit: 

Visit Karma Nirvana website, a national organisation that offers support for victims and training services for frontline workers.