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Honour based violence

Honour based violence can affect men and women across a number of cultures and communities and is defined as a crime or incident committed to protect or defend the honour of the family.  Issues including choice of dress, friends, relationships and careers can all be perceived as impacting on a family's honour.

Examples of crime and violence include isolation from local communities, not being allowed independence and forced into marriage. Sometimes, even rumours of immoral behaviour can be enough to trigger violence or murder. In every case the police have a responsibility to ensure safety, whether that is by offering advice or prosecuting offenders.

Honour based violence can be distinguished from other forms of violence as it is often committed with some degree of approval and/or collusion from family and/or community members.

We understand it is your decision whether to report a crime and it is one you shouldn't be pushed into, but it is important to remember that the sooner the crime is reported, the more evidence we will be able to collect to help prevent you or someone else being hurt again.

If you do decide to make a report, we will do everything we can to make sure you and your family receive the best possible care and support. Your welfare is our priority and we have specialist officers who can support you.

Getting advice and help
There is help available throughout West Mercia for people who are, or who may be at risk of forced marriage, honour based violence and female genital mutilation (FGM). West Mercia Police have trained, specialist officers who can be contacted by calling 101.

The following organisations and helplines also provide a range of support services:

West Mercia Women's Aid (Herefordshire and Shropshire)
0800 783 1359

West Mercia Women's Aid Helpline (Worcestershire)
0800 980 3331