The terms “honour crime” or “honour-based violence” or “izzat” embrace a variety of crimes of violence (mainly but not exclusively against women), including assault, imprisonment and murder where the person is being punished by their family or their community. They are being punished for actually, or allegedly, undermining what the family or community believes to be the correct code of behaviour (Source:
The Right to Choose: Multi-agency statutory guidance for dealing with
forced marriage, 2014).
Honour based violence (HBV) can be present in any community or culture and even though women falls victims to such abuse, males can also be victims. It is often associated where family members or acquaintances mistakenly believe that the individual has bought ‘shame to the family/community because that have not conformed to the traditional beliefs of their culture.
Honour based violence may occur against people who:
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