Safeguarding Advice Concerning Honour Based Violence

Honour Based Violence (HBV) is not one specific crime; it can include: murder, fear of or actual forced marriage, controlling sexual activity, domestic abuse (including psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional), child abuse, rape, kidnapping, false imprisonment, assault, harassment and forced abortion. This list is not exhaustive.   The violence can include planning, premeditation and family /community conspiracy; often the belief held is that the victim(s) is ‘deserving’ of the punishment.

Such crimes cut across all cultures, nationalities, faith groups and communities.

HBV may occur when the perpetrator(s) perceive that a person (or persons) has shamed the family / community by breaking an honour code.

Further information and useful contact details can be found within this Safeguarding guide.

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