Honour based violence or HBV is any type of physical or psychological violence committed in the name of ‘honour’ predominantly against women for actual or perceived immoral behaviour, which is deemed to have shamed their family or community.

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 - 0345 140 0845

Wirral Safeguarding Children Board- 0151 606 2008

St Helens Safeguarding Children Board - 01744 676767

Knowsley Safeguarding Children Board - 0151 443 4311


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