Forced Marriage and Honour Based Abuse

 KN PosterHonour based abuse is inexcusable. Everyone has the right to be respected and to not be abused and treated badly in the name of honour.

Honour based abuse is defined as:

“An incident or crime which has or may have been committed to
protect or defend the honour of the family and or community”

Honour based abuse is where a person is being punished by their family or community for actually or allegedly undermining what they believe to be the correct code of behaviour. By not conforming it may be perceived that the person may have brought shame or dishonour to the family.

 Forced marriage is unacceptable. Everyone has the right to choose who they marry and when they marry. No major religion or faith supports the practice of forced marriage.

A forced marriage is defined as where:

“ or both spouses do not (or, in the case of some vulnerable
adults, cannot) consent to the marriage and duress is involved.
Duress can include physical, psychological, financial, sexual and
emotional pressure...”

Dorset Race Equality Council condemns all forms of honour-based abuse and forced marriage.

If you are being forced into a marriage against your will, or you feel trapped in an abusive marriage to protect your family’s honour, you can contact Karma Nirvana on 0800 5999 247 or visit their website at for confidential advice and support.

Likewise, Karma Nirvana are also happy to advise concerned professionals and members of the public.

Click here to view Karma Nirvana information leaflet.


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