What is honour-based violence?
Honour-based violence is a crime or incident
which has or may have been committed to protect or defend
the honour of the family and or community.
Honour-based violence can affect both men and
women, and cuts across a number of cultures and
communities. It is closely associated with domestic abuse and child
Honour-based violence is where a person is being
punished by their family or community for actually or
allegedly undermining what they believe to be the correct code of
behaviour. By not conforming it may be perceived
that the person may have brought shame or
dishonour to the family.
This type of violence can be distinguished from other forms of
violence, as it is often committed with some degree of
approval and/or collusion from the family
What can honour-based violence include?
Honour-based violence can include:
- Acid attacks
- Blood feuds
- Domestic abuse
- False imprisonment
- Female genital mutilation
- Forced marriage
- Forced repatriation
- Honour killings (murder)
- Self-harm, suicide
- Rape and sexual assault
What do Cheshire Police do?
Cheshire Police take any report very
seriously and have been working hard to raise
awareness and tackle the issue.
There is a cross agency working group in place
involving police, health, education, probation, domestic abuse
partnerships and other key stake holders and working together
we are making a real difference.
If you are suffering any form of abuse in
relation to honour issues or forced
marriage or you are aware of anyone you
know being at risk please report it. All reports
are treated with professionalism and compassion and we can work
with other agencies to provide support.
If it is an emergency, please call 999.
Otherwise, please call the non-emergency number on