Honour based abuseis a physical and non-physical harm, which may have been committed to protect or defend the perceived honour of the family or community. It is often linked to family members or acquaintances who mistakenly believe someone has brought shame to their family or community by doing something that is not in keeping with the traditional beliefs of their culture.
For example, honour based violence might be committed against people who:
- Become involved with a boyfriend or girlfriend even from the same culture or religion
- Become involved with a boyfriend or girlfriend from a different culture or religion
- Want to get out of a forced marriage
- Wearing clothes that are not approved of
- Participating in activities that are considered against culture or faith
- Wanting a divorce
- Sharing of sexual images (i.e. revenge porn)
Although women and girls are the most common victims of honour crimes - men and boys can be victims too. Examples of honour abuse can vary from controlling movements (e.g. preventing education and working in a job), monitoring / controlling movements, psychological pressure / emotional abuse, isolation e.g. preventing meeting friends, locking in the house or room, to honour killings.