HBV might be committed against people who:
- Have a boyfriend/ girlfriend who is from a different culture or religion
- Wear inappropriate make-up or dress
- Take part in activities that may not be considered traditional within a particular culture
- Marital infidelity
- Are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered
- Are considered as flirting
- Refuse to agree to an arranged marriage
- Are raped.
Common practices carried out in the name of honour include; forced marriages, child marriage, honour killings, female genital mutilation (FGM), domestic abuse, child abuse, vulnerable adult abuse, bride price, dowry abuse, suicide, self-harm, acid attacks, rape, blood feuds and male child preference.
Where can I get help or further information?
If you are a victim of honour based violence there are lots of organisations that can offer you help and advice.
If you are in immediate danger call 999.
Merseyside Police - 101
Merseyside Police will investigate all reports of honour based violence, forced marriage and FGM. We have a specialist team of officers who will listen to you and work with you to keep you safe and investigate any criminal actions.
Karma Nirvana – 0800 599 9247
Karma Nirvana have been supporting victims of honour crimes and forced marriages since 1993. Lines are open between 9.30 am – 5.00 pm.
Savera UK - 0800 107 0726 (Freephone)
Savera UK help people experiencing domestic abuse, or who are at risk of forced marriage, honour killing or female genital mutilation.
Forced Marriage Unit - 0207 008 0151
Freedom Charity - 0845 607 0133
Charity for children and young people who are at risk or subject to honour based crimes/ forced marriages.
Childline - 0800 1111
NSPCC - 0808 800 500
Liverpool Safeguarding Children Board - 0151 233 0493/ 0510
Sefton Safeguarding Children Board - 0151 934 4706/ 3366
Wirral Safeguarding Children Board - 0151 606 2000
St Helens Safeguarding Children Board - 01744 673 337
Knowsley Safeguarding Children Board - 0151 443 4311