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Definition: ‘Honour’ based violence (HBV) is a form of domestic abuse which is perpetrated in the name of so called ‘honour’. In most honour-based abuse cases there are multiple perpetrators from the immediate family, sometimes the extended family and occasionally the community. HBV can exist in any culture or community and males can also be victims.


Actions to consider

  • If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, contact the Police immediately by dialling 999.
  • Speak with a trusted professional; such as teacher or staff member at school.
  • Look to educate and inform yourself on what the process involves and what can happen.
  • There are many services; both local and national, that can provide support and information and advice such as United Against Violence & Abuse (UAVA). See our list of useful organisations on the right hand side of this page.
  • Speak to someone. If you are, or have experienced honour-based violence, we are here to help. Our team of experienced and professional caseworkers can talk with you confidentially and offer guidance and support tailored to your needs.
  • Visit Leicestershire Police for first-hand knowledge, industry best practices and practical crime prevention advice from officers and specialist teams all across the police.


Victim First Can Provide:

  • Emotional Support to cope and recover from the crime
  • Information on other agencies
  • Advice on Crime Prevention
  • Practical support such as a personal alarm or window/door alarm
  • Restorative contact between victim and offender
  • Support using Language interpreters and British Sign Language interpreters

More information

Information about types of crime