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.
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.
0800 599 247
Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse Helpline0800 731 0055
Forced Marriage Unit020 7008 0151
& Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation020 7920 6460