‘Honour’-based abuse (inc. Forced Marriage & FGM)

So-called ‘honour’-based abuse (HBA) encompasses incidents or crimes which have been committed to protect or defend the honour of the family and/or the community, including female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriage, and practices such as breast ironing. Abuse committed in the context of preserving ‘honour’ often involves a wider network of family or community pressure and can include multiple perpetrators. FGM comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs. It is illegal in the UK and a form of child abuse with long-lasting harmful consequences.

NSPCC – Forced Marriage – Information, advice and guidance on forced marriage, including links to other websites:

Honour-based Abuse – Safeguarding Network

Female genital mutilation (FGM) | Barnardo’s (barnardos.org.uk)

Female Genital Mutilation – Prevent & Protect | NSPCC

Advice for parents (fgmaware.org)

FORWARD-Family-Holiday-Leaflet.pdf (nationalfgmcentre.org.uk)