Honour-based violence - how we can help you
Honour-based violence refers to crimes or incidents committed to protect or defend the honour of a family and/or community.
It can take many different forms including harassment, criminal damage, arson, sexual assault, forced marriage, kidnap and even murder.
What is Female Genital Mutilation?
Female Genital Mutilation involves the partial or total removal of female external genitalia or other injury to female genital organs for non-medical reasons. The practice is illegal and very dangerous.
How much do you know about FGM? Here are some facts:
- The practice is medically unnecessary, extremely painful, has serious health consequences and can be psychologically damaging
- The Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 makes it illegal to practice FGM in the UK, illegal to assist a girl to mutilate her own genitalia, illegal to take girls abroad for FGM to be performed whether or not it is legal in that country, and illegal to assist in the carrying out of FGM abroad
- The maximum penalty for any of the above is up to 14 years in prison and/or a fine
- If you have any information about children believed to be at risk, or who are believed to have been the subject of FGM, call 101
How do I report these crimes to the police?
If you, or someone you know is suffering honour-based violence you can report it to us:
- call 999 where life is at risk and you believe someone is in immediate danger
- call 101 for non-emergency crimes
- visit your nearest police station
What will the police do?
We have dedicated, trained officers who are experienced investigators for honour-based violence cases. They will explain the investigation process to you and support you throughout.
They can also refer you to other support agencies. These officers devote their time to helping vulnerable victims and tackling crimes committed in the name of ‘honour.’
Your safety is paramount and they will ensure safety plans are put in place for you and any other family members who are at risk of violence.
Watch this video of Detective Sergeant Suzanne Bluck discuss the dark and under reported crime of female genital mutilation.