Honour Based Violence and Forced Marriage

'Honour' Based Violence is where a person is being punished by their family or their community because it is believed the person has done something to bring shame on the family or the community

Issues such as a person's choice of dress, friends, relationships and career or a person not doing as the family say might be said to bring shame on a family or community

'Honour' based violence does not have to include any physical violence.

It can include:

  • Physical and sexual violence
  • Emotional abuse, for example threats and insults
  • Forced marriage
  • Financial abuse

'Honour' based Violence can have a devastating impact on young people.

For example it can make people feel scared, threatened, anxious, depressed, stressed or even suicidal

Need help?

Call Karma Nirvana on 0800 5999 247 or click on the picture to be taken to the their website. 


You can also contact IKWRO on 44 207 920 6460


Forced Marriage
A forced marriage is when one or both parties don't consent to the marriage.  Pressure and threats are often used to try to make them agree.
The organisation Plan UK advise that:
  • 1 in 3 girls in the developing world are married by their 18th birthday. This can end their chance of completing an education and puts them at greater risk of isolation and violence.
  • For girls under 15 the incidence of early and forced marriage is 1 in 9. Some are married as young as five years old.
  • Victims of early and forced marriage typically have children very young. Approximately 70,000 girls die in labour every year because their bodies aren’t ready for childbirth.

Forced marriage is illegal in the UK. 

In 2014, changes to the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act made it illegal to take someone overseas to force them to marry and to marry someone who lacks mental capacity to consent.
For more information and support you can call the Forced Marriage Unit on +44 (0) 20 7008 0151or visit their website