Forced marriage is where one or both people do not (or in cases of people with severe learning disabilities, cannot) consent to the marriage and pressure or abuse is used in force. It is an indefensible practice and is recognised in the UK as a form of violence against women and men and a serious abuse of human rights.
The pressure put on people to marry against their will can be physical or emotional and psychological. Financial abuse can also be a factor. You can find out more about this and get advice on GOV.UK Opens in a new window.
An honour killing is the homicide of a family member or social group by other members, due to the belief that the victim has brought shame or dishonor upon the family or community, It is often linked to reasons such as refusing to enter an arranged marriage, being in a relationship that is disapproved by their relatives, having sex outside marriage, becoming the victim of rape, dressing in ways which are deemed inappropriate, or engaging in homosexual relations.
Honour killings are especially targeted against women and homosexuals. The practice, which occurs in various cultures, is universally condemned by human rights organisations. Honour violence and killings occur worldwide, including the UK.
If you have concerns about someone’s safety please call the Police on 999.