‘Honour’-based violence

There is no specific offence of ‘honour’-based violence. However, the Crown Prosecution Service describes ‘honour’-based violence as an incident or crime “which has, or may have, been committed to protect or defend the ‘honour’ of the family and or the community.” ‘Honour’ can be the motivation, excuse or justification behind a range of violent acts against women and girls.

In 2016-17 130 women and three men accessed Refuge’s services escaping so called ‘Honour’-based violence.

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