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Honour Based Violence

Honour based violence (HBV) is a violent crime or incident that has occurred, as a result of family members who mistakenly believe someone has brought shame to their family or community, which isn’t in keeping with their traditional beliefs.


A forced marriage happens when one person does not consent to the marriage, but is forced or pressured into it.

Forced marriage can happen to men or women and is a form of Domestic Violence (DV).  It also cuts across many cultures were victims feel if they don't marry they will bring shame on their family. Victims can suffer from threats and violence. This is called honour based violence.

Arranged marriages are not the same as forced marriages. In some cultures relatives of both parties have an important role in choosing a marriage partner but the choice to marry or not is up to those to be married.

If you or someone you know is being forced to marry you can contact the Forced Marriage Unit (FMU), if you feel you will be forced to marry abroad, contact the team before you go.

The FMU can provide help to anybody effected by forced marriage. They work with agencies based in the UK and abroad to prevent forced marriages taking place.

You can contact the FMU if;

  • you are being or have been forced to marry
  • you feel you will be forced to marry when you travel abroad - contact the team before you go
  • a relative or friend has not returned home from a trip abroad and you feel they maybe have been forced to marry - it will be helpful to the FMU if you can give them details like where the person has gone, when they where due back and when you last heard from them.

Anybody in the UK regardless of nationality will be offered advice and support.

Forced Mariage Unit                                              020 7008 0151  -    9am-5pm Monday-Friday

                                                                                  E-mail: fmu@fco.gov.uk

Global Response Centre                                       020 7008 1500  -   (out of hours)

St Helens Safeguarding Children Board             01744 673 337

FGM is also known as female circumcision and is any procedure involving the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs.

FGM is illegal in the UK and is a cultural or religious practice mainly used in North East Africa and some areas of East and South Asia on girls under the age of 16.

Don't be afraid to ask for help, if you or somebody you know is at risk of FGM. Support is available when you are ready.

The Foundation of Women's Health Research and Development or Forward was established in the UK in 1983 in response to the problem of FGM and since then Forward has been working to eliminate the practice and support those affected.

Forward Tel: 0208 960 4000 -  9:30am - 5:30pm Monday-Friday

Email:           support@forwarduk.org.uk

St Helens Safeguarding Children Board:             01744 673 337