Honour Based Violence

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Honour Based Violence is:

"A crime or incident, which has or might have been committed to protect or defend the honour of the family and/or community.






It's a collection of practices used to control behaviour within families, protecting the perceived cultural or religious beliefs and so-called ‘honour’.

HBV happens when abusers feel someone has dishonoured the family and / or community by stepping outside of their accepted behaviours.


To Report Concerns about a Honour Based Violence

Any person having concerns about the welfare or safety of person who is believed to be or is at risk of being subject to HBV, please report it by calling 101
If you have any doubts concerns we would prefer to receive a false call with good intentions rather than no call.
Remember: in an emergency call 999.
We take all reports seriously and our specialist trained officers will work with victims, we understand that confidentiality is key and that brides and grooms do not wish to isolated themselves from their families. We will work with you to ensure your safety.


Durham Constabulary recognises HBV is a human rights violation contrary to the European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act 1998 and that HBV involves criminal offences being committed contrary to the laws and freedoms of the United Kingdom.

It has links with forced marriage which is a marriage conducted without the valid consent of one or both parties or where duress is a factor, and with Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

One of the barriers to getting help for a victim of HBV is No Recourse To Public Funds (NRPF), which affects individuals who legally enter the UK for marriage/relationship and are awaiting a sponsor to make an application to stay. Specialist support services are available in County Durham and Darlington.




We work with a charity based in Middlesbrough who offer support and advice to anyone suffering from Honour Based Violence and Forced Marriage.

You can: -
Visit their website: http://www.haloproject.org.uk/
Call them on: 01642 683 045



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