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Honour based violence

So called ‘honour-based’ violence is a crime or incident which has or may have been committed to protect or defend the honour of a family and/or community. It is a total abuse of human rights.

There is no honour in so-called ‘honour-based’ violence. It is a collection of practices which are used to control behaviour and exert power within families to protect perceived cultural and religious beliefs and/or honour.

Such practices can happen when offenders believe that someone has shamed the family and/or community by breaking their ‘honour’ code.

‘Honour-based’ violence can include:

  • Forced marriage.
  • Domestic abuse.
  • Dowry.
  • Kidnap.
  • Forced repatriation.
  • Female genital mutilation.
  • Acid attacks.
  • Blood feuds.
  • Honour killings (murder).
  • Self-harm, suicide.
  • Rape.

There is no ‘typical’ case of ‘honour-based’ violence. It has many different forms and some are interlinked. It exists across all cultures.

The role of the police

In cases of ‘honour-based’ violence, the role of the police is to:

  • Identify and reduce the risk to adult and child victims from diverse communities within the City of London.
  • Effectively investigate all reports of ‘honour-based’ violence.
  • Reduce the likelihood of future harm, including homicide, serious injury and acts of violence.
  • Assist effective action against offenders so that they can be held accountable through the Criminal Justice system.
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