Oxford Safer Communities Partnership

Honour Based Violence

It is an abuse of your human rights to be forced or pressured into marrying someone.  It is a criminal offence to keep someone locked up in a house, or use violence to make someone do something they do not want to do because they think a member of the family has brought shame on them. It cannot be justified on any religious or cultural basis. Honour Based Violence and Forced Marriage affects females and males from all cultures and communities and is abuse. Honour is an unwritten code of conduct that involves loss of face on someone’s part if offended against, especially in communities where loyalty is considered paramount.

Oxford City’s Domestic & Sexual Abuse Coordinator works with agencies to improve response and support for anyone affected by honour based violence or forced marriage. 

If you suspect you are being forced into a marriage or you are being abused because members of your family or community think you have brought shame on them, then seek help and advice in confidence.


  • Honour Network                                                     0800 599 247
  • Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline                      0800 731 0055
  • Forced Marriage Unit                                              020 7008 0151
  • Iranian & Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation       020 7920 6460
  • Victim Support                                                       0845 450 3883
  • Police non-emergency                                            101

Useful links

Oxford Safer Communities Partnership, c/o Oxford City Council, 3rd Floor, St Aldate's Chambers, 109 St Aldate's, Oxford, OX1 1DS. Telephone: 01865 249811.  Email: saferoxford@oxford.gov.uk