What is ‘honour based violence’?

‘Honour based violence’ (HBV) are a collection of practices which are used to control behaviour within families or other social groups to protect perceived cultural and religious beliefs and/or honour. This can occur when perpetrators perceive that a relative has shamed the family and/or community by breaking their honour code. For instance, family members may want their daughter or son to marry a particular person. If they refuse, the family may insist, become violent towards their daughter or son and in some cases, organise a marriage abroad and force their child to marry.

We are able to support victims or potential victims of HBV in the same ways that we support victims of domestic abuse.