Definition: A crime or incident, which has or may have been committed, to protect or defend the honour of the family and/or community’ Association of Chief Police Officers.

Honour based abuse is a form of domestic abuse which is perpetrated in the name of so called ‘honour’.

It is often linked to family members or acquaintances who believe someone has brought shame on their family by doing something that is not in keeping with the traditional beliefs of their culture.

Women and girls are the most common victims of honour based violence however it can also affect men and boys.

Crimes of ‘honour’ do not always include violence. Crimes committed in the name of ‘honour’ might include:

  • domestic abuse
  • threats of violence
  • sexual or psychological abuse
  • forced marriage
  • being held against your will or taken somewhere you don’t want to go
  • assault

A forced marriage is one that is carried out without the consent of both people. This is very different to an arranged marriage, which both people will have agreed to. There is no religion that says it is right to force you into a marriage and you are not betraying your faith by refusing such a marriage.

Referrals of honour based abuse should be made to Wiltshire Police on 101 or 999

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