Honour Based Abuse


honour based

Honour based abuse is a collection of practices used to control behaviour within families in order to protect perceived cultural and religious beliefs and/or honour. It includes forced marriage and female genital mutilation

Honour based abuse is a crime, often involving:

  • violence
  • threats of violence
  • intimidation
  • coercion
  • abuse (including psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional abuse). 

Using any of the above to protect or defend the honour of an individual, family or community constitutes honour based abuse. 

Honour based abuse can affect both men and women. Everyday choices made by an individual could impact on a family's or communities’ honour and therefore violence and abuse can occur. These simple choices could include:

  • choice of clothes
  • choice of friends
  • relationships with members of the opposite sex
  • career choice. 


Honour based abuse can result in the following:

  • threats and intimidation
  • rape
  • assault
  • abduction
  • murder
  • physical, sexual, emotional, financial or psychological, or domestic abuse
  • forced marriage (where you not are given a choice if you want to marry the other person, in the UK or be taken abroad to marry).

In every case police have a responsibility to ensure safety, whether that is by offering advice or prosecuting offenders.

Report it

If you believe that you or anyone you know is a victim of honour based abuse, forced marriage or female genital mutilation, please call Norfolk Constabulary on 101 or 999 if it is an emergency.

You can also contact Social Services on 0344 800 8020 for welfare/safety concerns relating to a child, young person or vulnerable adult   

Please don’t be worried about talking to us, we will always listen to you and do everything we can to help.

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National services

National Domestic Violence Helpline (24 Hour Freephone) - 0808 2000 247

Childline - 0800 1111

Samaritans0845 790 9090

Shelter (for housing advice) - 0808 800 4444

Men’s Advice Line - 0808 801 0327


General advice

Southall Black Sisters - 0208 571 9595

Newham Asian Women’s Project - 0208 472 0528

Ashiana Project (London)0208 539 0427

Ashiana (Sheffield)0114 255 5740

Freedom Charity on - 0845 607 0133 (24/7 helpline)

Karma Nirvana  on 0800 5999 247 (helpline)

Henna Foundation (Cardiff)  - 029 2049 6920

Iranian & Kurdish Women’s Rights - 0207 920 6460

Respond (learning disabilities)0207 383 0700

Forward (for African women)0208 960 4000

Imaan (LGBT Muslim community) - 0203 393 5188