Honour based abuse

What is honour based abuse?

Honour based abuse is any crime or incident that has or may have been committed to protect or defend the honour of the family and/or the community.

It happens when abusers feel someone has dishonoured or brought shame on the family and/or community with their actual or perceived immoral behaviour.

Honour based abuse can take many forms, including:

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, always call 999.

This has nothing to do with culture or religion, but is simple criminality. There is no honour in harming or threatening to harm anyone.

There are many triggers for honour based abuse, including:

  • having a boyfriend or girlfriend
  • being too westernised
  • wanting an education

Anyone can experience honour based abuse, regardless of their gender, age, religion or cultural background. There can be multiple abusers and it often happens with the collusion of family members or members of the community.

Where can I get help for me or somebody else?

Help is out there and you will be taken seriously.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, always call 999.

To talk to us about your own situation or report your concerns about someone else when it’s not an emergency, call us on 0800 40 50 40 or text us on 61016.

You can also call your local police on 101, visit your nearest police station or speak to a police officer or police community support officer in person.

Please be ready to give as many details as you can, including:

  • Your name or the name of the person you are calling about
  • Where you or the person you are calling about live
  • Why you are concerned about your own or someone else’s welfare and safety

If you don’t want to speak to the police, tell someone you trust. This could be a friend, your GP, other healthcare professional, social worker or support worker.


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Contact Us

To report a crime or incident, call

0800 40 50 40

or text 61016

In an emergency call 999

  • More information and support

Halo Project

Karma Nirvana

IKWRO – help for Middle Eastern and Afghan women and girls

National Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline (Scotland)

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