What is honour based violence?
Honour based violence is a violent crime or incident which may have been committed to protect or defend the honour of the family or community.
It is often linked to family members or acquaintances 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. For example, honour based violence might be committed against people who:
become involved with a boyfriend or girlfriend from a different culture or religion
want to get out of an arranged marriage
want to get out of a forced marriage
wear clothes or take part in activities that might not be considered traditional within a particular 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:
sexual or psychological abuse
being taken and held against your will
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