So-called ‘Honour’ Based Violence

So-called ‘Honour’-Based Violence (HBV) is a violent crime or incident which may have been committed to protect or defend the honour of the family or community. It is often linked to family members or acquaintances who mistakenly believe someone has brought shame to their family or community by doing something that is not in keeping with the traditional beliefs of their culture.

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.

HBV is a type of harmful practice. These are forms of violence and abuse which have been committed primarily against women and girls in certain communities and societies for so long that they are considered, or presented by perpetrators, as part of accepted cultural practice.

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

HOW TO GET HELP

The Police

You can report Forced Marriage in the following ways:

Specialist Services

If you’ve been affected by so-called ‘honour’ based violence contact The Portal to find out more about the help, advice and support available. The Portal is a partnership of leading Sussex Domestic and Sexual Abuse Charities including RISE, Survivors' Network and CGL. Call Freephone 0300 323 9985 or email info@theportal.org.uk.

Children

Find out about the support available for you and your family and how to get the help you need. Contact the Early Help on 01273 292632

If are a member of the public and are concerned about a child's welfare, please contact the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 01273 290400

Adults

Report abuse or neglect of an adult online or by calling Access Point, the contact centre for Adult Social Care services, on 01273 295555.

Nationally

Karma Nirvana

Freephone 0800 5999247

Karma Nirvana is a UK registered charity that supports victims and survivors of Forced Marriage and Honour Based Abuse.

www.karmanirvana.org.uk