What is Honour-Based Abuse?
Honour-based abuse is a crime or incident committed to protect or defend the 'honour' of a family or community.
If your family or community think you've shamed or embarrassed them by behaving in a certain way, they may punish you for breaking their 'honour' code.
Is honour-based abuse happening to you?
Have you been threatened or abused if you've tried to:
have a relationship or marry someone outside your community or someone within your community that your family don't approve of
separate or divorce
talk to certain people
have sex before marriage
become pregnant or give birth outside of marriage
wear clothes your family or community think are inappropriate
use drugs or alcohol
access higher education
challenge what your family or community expect of you
disagree with the religion of your family or community
People who carry out honour-based abuse are often close family members but also extended family or community members.
Types of honour-based abuse
There isn't one specific crime of honour-based abuse. It can involve a range of crimes and behaviours, such as:
domestic abuse (physical, sexual, psychological, emotional or financial)
sexual harassment and sexual violence (rape and sexual assault or the threat of)
threats to kill, physical and emotional violence and murder
pressure to go or move abroad
being kept at home with no freedom
not allowed to use the telephone, internet, or have access to important documents like your passport or birth certificate
isolation from friends and members of your own family
If you're concerned about someone being abused, here are some warning signs to look out for:
acting withdrawn or upset
bruising or other unexplained physical injury
depression, self-harming or attempted suicide
unexplained absence or poor performance at school or work
their movements at home are strictly controlled
family rows, domestic violence
running away from home
a family history of relatives going missing