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Honour Violence and Forced Marriage

Honour based violence or abuse can take many forms. It is often described as a collection of actions that are used to control behaviour and exert power within families to protect perceived cultural and religious belief and honour.

Honour based violence and abuse is an abuse of human rights. It is illegal in the UK. In recent years the UK has seen a growth in reporting of incidents relating to Honour Based Violence / or abuse. Support is available for victims, and the police take it seriously when it is reported them.

Types of honour based violence / abuse can include:

  • Forced Marriage
  • Social exclusion or rejection
  • House arrest- not being allowed to leave the house, or only being allowed to leave with specific people
  • Threats to kill
  • Excessive restrictions, such as not choosing the clothes you wear, what you eat, who you socialise with, where you go.
  • Denial / limitations / monitoring of telephone, internet, social media, passport, key documentation
  • Isolation from friends and own family 

Support available


UK Helpline: 0800 5999 247 | Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm. | If you are in immediate danger call 999 | info@karmanirvana.org.uk

Karma Nirvana is an award-winning National charity supporting victims of honour-based abuse and forced marriage. Honour crimes are not determined by age, faith, gender or sexuality, Karma Nirvana support and work with all victims.

They run the national helpline offering direct support and guidance to victims and professionals and can act as expert witnesses in court.


Email: projectchoice@oldham.gov.uk
Telephone: 0161 770 2999 (9am - 5pm, Monday - Friday

Project Choice is part of Greater Manchester’s support provision for victims of honour based violence and abuse. They can provide practical and emotional support to anyone at risk of, experiencing honour based violence. They can be advocates for victims, support victims to move on abuse, and refer and liaise with needed agencies / professionals. (They also speak a wide of languages)


01642 683045 Monday to Friday 9am till 5pm. Alternatively you can email on info@haloproject.org.uk.

The Halo Project Charity is a national project that will support victims of honour-based violence, forced marriages and FGM by providing appropriate advice and support to victims. They will also work with key partners to provide required interventions and advice necessary for the protection and safety of victims.