Honour based violence

Helping people to understand Honour Based Violence

‘Honour’ based violence (HBV) is a form of domestic abuse which is perpetrated in the name of so called ‘honour’. The honour code which it refers to is set at the discretion of male relatives and women who do not abide by the ‘rules’ are then punished for bringing shame on the family.

Infringements may include 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.

This is not a crime which is perpetrated by men only, 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.

Crimes of ‘honour’ do not always include violence. Crimes committed in the name of ‘honour’ might include:

  • domestic abuse
  • threats of violence
  • sexual or psychological abuse
  • forced marriage
  • being held against your will or taken somewhere you don’t want to go
  • assault

More information

Karma Nirvana – 0800 599 9247

Humberside Police Emergency  – 999

Humberside Police Non-emergency – 101

Housing advice (8.30am – 5.30pm) – 01472 326296 option 1

Children’s Services (8.30am – 4.30pm/5pm) – 01472 326292 option 2

Respect – 0808 802 4040