Honour Based Abuse

What is Honour Based Abuse?

Honour Based Abuse is a violent crime, incident or other controlling method which may have been committed to protect or defend the honour or perceived cultural and religious beliefs of a 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. For example, Honour Based Violence might be committed against people who:

  • become involved with a boyfriend or girlfriend from a different culture or religion
  • want to get out of an arranged marriage
  • want to get out of a forced marriage
  • wear clothes or take part in activities that might not be considered traditional within a particular culture