In immediate danger call the police on 999.
Otherwise, to access specialist domestic abuse support call Victim Support on 0808 168-9111 or talk via Live Chat.

Honour Based Abuse

What is Honour-Based Abuse?

A crime or incident which has, or may have been, committed to protect or defend the honour of the family and / or community.

So-called Honour-Based Abuse can take many forms, including:

  • Child marriage
  • Virginity testing
  • Enforced abortion
  • Forced marriage
  • Female genital mutilation

As well as physical, sexual and economic abuse and coercive control.

For some communities, the concept of ‘honour’ is prized above the safety and wellbeing of individuals. It can happen to anyone, and is not specific to a certain culture or tradition. To compromise a family’s ‘honour’ is to bring dishonour and shame – which can have severe consequences. This is sometimes used to justify emotional abuse, physical abuse, disownment and in some cases even murder.

The abuse is built on expectations about acceptable and unacceptable behaviours, and can lead to a deeply embedded form of coercive control. Perpetrators are often partners or ex-partners, or family members.

> Last year there were police recorded 2,725 Honour Based Abuse offences in England and Wales.*

> Research suggests that at least one ‘honour’-based killing happens every month in the UK, which is likely to be underestimated**

> Victims of Honour Based Abuse are seven times more likely to experience abuse from multiple perpetrators, and are at greater risk of serious harm or homicide**

> 15% of those cases seen by the Forced Marriage Unit are under of people under the age of 16

What is Immigration Abuse?

Someone using your immigration status to threaten or control you could be abuse. This could look or sound like:

  • Saying you can’t leave a relationship because you’d have to leave the country
  • Saying that if you do things they don’t like they will tell authorities about your immigration status
  • Withholding, damaging or throwing away documents like passports or visas
  • Controlling your ability to work
  • Convincing you that you can’t get help from domestic abuse services (that they can’t or won’t help you)
  • Telling you that if you call the police you will be arrested because of you immigration status


Get Help Now:

In an emergency always call 999

  • In Kent & Medway you can call 0808 168-9111 or talk via live Chat.
  • You can also access advice via the Karma Nirvana Helpline – 0800 5999 247, Mon-Fri 9am-5pm or from the Forced Marriage Unit on +44 (0) 20 7008 0151 or
  • Specialist workers can talk to you about the abuse, how to stay safer and take the steps you want regain control of your life.


*Source: UK Government

**Source: Safe Lives


Honour Based Abuse