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Honour based violence

North Yorkshire Police takes any report of so called 'honour' based violence very seriously and deals with each case sensitively and confidentially. We work hard to keep victims safe and prevent further crimes from happening.

So called ‘honour’ based violence is a crime or incident which has or may have been committed to protect the ‘honour’ of the family or community.

It is often linked to family members or associates 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.

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

  • Crimes committed in the name of ‘honour’ might include;
  • Domestic abuse
  • Threats of violence
  • Sexual or psychological abuse
  • Assault
  • Being held against your will or taken somewhere you don’t want to go
  • Forced marriage

On 16 June 2014 forced marriage became a criminal offence punishable by up to seven years in jail.
Forced marriage is a crime where one or both parties do not consent to the marriage, and the couples are forced into the marriage against their will.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a barbaric practice for supposed cultural, religious or nonmedical reasons.
Victims of so called ‘honour’ based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation have a right to be believed and their safety, well-being and welfare are of vital importance to North Yorkshire Police.
If you or someone you know is experiencing or has been a victim of so called ‘honour’ based violence,
please contact us on 101 .

Alternatively you can contact Karma Nirvana, a UK based charity that supports victims and survivors of forced marriage and HBV.