Honour based violence
Have you experienced honour based violence?
If you think you're going to be directly targeted - especially with forced marriage or honour based violence - or if you have already been a victim, you may feel scared about seeking help. But there is help and support out there. We take honour based violence very seriously, taking great care to handle all cases with sensitivity and confidentiality to prevent further crimes from happening.
- It might be very difficult to talk to someone in your own family because you might not know who's side they're on. If that's the case, speak to someone you trust or another responsible adult outside of the family.
- You could also speak to a teacher at school.
- Maybe contact ChildLine to talk to a professional who can offer help and advice.
- Or talk in confidence to one of the organisations and charities listed on our More help and advice page such as the HM Government Forced Marriage Unit on 020 7708 0151 or Southall Black Sisters on 0208 571 0800.
When you're ready to report it, here's who you can contact below. It's important you come forward even if you know whoever is responsible will get into trouble. It's better they get into trouble than you get hurt or continue to be unhappy.
- You should contact your local police station or speak to your Safer Schools Officer or Safer Neighbourhoods Team. If it's an emergency you should call 999.
- If you feel unable to talk to us you could contact the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111. (You won't have to give your name and your call will not be traced).
- Or for more information visit the Reporting crime section on the Metropolitan Police website or the How to contact us page on this site.
Another way to get in touch is to come into any police station at any time or we can arrange to visit you at home or somewhere else if that's easier or more comfortable for you.
You could even ask someone else to speak to us on your behalf, like a friend or relative, a community leader or a solicitor. You could also ask someone from your local authority, housing association or advice bureau to speak to us. The most important thing is that you speak to someone.
Our Community Safety Units
The Metropolitan Police Service has made it a high priority to tackle honour based violence with special Community Safety Units located in each of our 32 boroughs. We will investigate all instances of honour based violence, even in cases where there is only a small amount of information or where a victim has not reported it themselves.