Honour based violence
Are you worried someone in your family is involved in honour based violence?
If you think someone in your family is involved in honour based violence or any activity that may be associated with it such as forced marriage, threatening behaviour or verbal abuse, it's important to talk to someone about it. Your situation might seem very scary and you could be involved somehow yourself, but remember, you can help them stop before it goes too far.
- It might be very difficult to talk to someone in your own family because you might not know who's side they're on, but do try to speak to someone you trust, or another responsible adult outside of the family and outside of your community.
- You could also speak to a teacher at school.
Or, if you're ready to report it - do, even if you know whoever is responsible will get into trouble. It's important to prevent others falling victim of serious crime.
- 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 (they won't have to give their name and their 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.