Honour Based Abuse

Honour-based abuse is a crime or incident committed to protect or defend the 'honour' of a family or community. If your family or community think you've shamed or embarrassed them by behaving in a certain way, they may punish you for breaking their 'honour' code. 

Report it 

999 alert

Is someone in immediate danger? Is a crime taking place or has one just happened? If so, call 999 now and ask for the police. If you have a hearing or speech impairment, use our textphone service 18000 or text us on 999 if you’ve pre-registered with the emergencySMS service.

We understand that you might be scared or feel disloyal, but we're here to listen and support you in any way we can.

If you’re concerned about someone else and think they might be being abused we want to hear from you.


If you’d like to report online, you can use our online crime reporting service which is secure and confidential.

Call 101

If you’d like to talk to someone, our national non-emergency telephone number is staffed 24/7. Call us on 101 and report what happened or just get some advice.

Visit a police station

If you’d like to speak to someone in person, we can provide a safe and comfortable environment at any of our police stations.

We know it can be difficult to talk about what's happening, but telling someone can really help.

Below is a list of organisations who offer advice and support if you're being threatened or abused.

They can also help if you're concerned about someone else being abused.

Karma Nirvana

A specialist charity for victims and survivors of honour-based abuse in the UK.

They also have a UK Helpline, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm: 0800 5999 247

The Halo project

A national project that supports victims of honour-based violence, forced marriages and FGM by providing advice and support to victims. 

Freedom Charity

Bringing awareness, help and support to victims of forced marriage, honour-based violence and female genital mutilation (FGM).


A charity helping victims rebuild their lives and overcome different forms of violence and abuse. 

They also have a 24-hour helpline: 0808 2000 247 

Runaway helpline

Advice and support for people who are thinking about running away or if they've already run away.

Missing people

Providing help, hope and support for missing children and adults and loved ones left behind.

National Centre for Domestic Violence

Provides a free service that lets anyone who has recently suffered from, or been threatened with, domestic abuse apply for an emergency court injunction.

Victim Support

A national charity dedicated to helping anyone affected by crime to cope with and recover from their experience.