Honour based abuse

Honour based violence (HBV) is a form of domestic abuse which inflicted in the name of ‘honour’.

The honour code is when someone does not abide by the ‘rules’, and are punished for bringing shame on the family.

Violations 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.

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

Related document

Honour Based Abuse (PDF, 177KB)

Related agencies

Karma Nirvana – 0800 599 9247

Humberside Police Emergency – 999

Humberside Police Non-emergency – 101

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

NELC Children’s Integrated Front Door – 01472 326292 option 2

Respect – 0808 802 4040

Related websites

Domestic violence NHS – Honour based violence

Karma Nirvana