Honour Based Violence

What is Honour Based Violence?

Honour based violence is a term used to describe a number of different practices, which are used to control the behaviour of family members or others to protect perceived cultural and religious beliefs and/or honour. The violence canoften takes place when it is believed that a family member has s brought shame on the family and/or community as a whole. There is no honour in honour based violence. It is a violation of basic human rights. There is no, and cannot be, any justification whatsoever for this type of violence and abuse.

A widely used definition of honour based violence is:

“‘Honour based violence’ is a crime or incident which has or may have been committed to protect or defend the honour of the family and/or community.”


Support for victims of honour based violence can be obtained from:


Karma Nirvana

Helpline 0800 5999247


Southall Black Sisters

Helpline: 0208 571 0800
The Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation

Call: Mon to Fri 9.30-5.30 0207 920 6460

For out-of-hours emergencies call Kurdish / Arabic: 07846 275246 Farsi / Dari / Turkish: 07846 310157


Daughters of Eve