Honour Based Abuse
Honour based abuse is a crime, often involving:
- threats of violence
- 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
- 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.
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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Help and Support
National Domestic Violence Helpline (24 Hour Freephone) - 0808 2000 247
Childline - 0800 1111
Samaritans - 0845 790 9090
Shelter (for housing advice) - 0808 800 4444
Men’s Advice Line - 0808 801 0327
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