Honour Based Violence (HBV)

Definition and guidance on so-called 'honour' based violence


The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) definition of Honour Based Violence is "a crime or incident, which has or may have been committed to protect or defend the honour of the family and/or community."

So-called 'Honour Based Violence' is a fundamental abuse of human rights.

There is no honour in the commission of murder, rape, kidnap and the many other acts, behaviour and conduct which make up 'violence in the name of so-called honour'.

It is a collection of practices, which are used to control behaviour within families to protect perceived cultural and religious beliefs and/or honour. Such violence can occur when perpetrators perceive that a relative has shamed the family and/or community by breaking their honour code.

Women are predominantly (but not exclusively) the victims of so-called 'honour' based violence, which is used to assert male power in order to control female autonomy and sexuality.

Guidance for Hampshire agencies and professionals

The Hampshire multi-agency guidance was primarily created for:

  • Hampshire County Council Adult and Children's Services
  • Local Safeguarding Children Board (4LSCB)
  • Primary Care Trusts (PCT)
  • Voluntary sector organisations
  • Criminal Justice System (Police, CPS, Probation, Courts and Prison Service)

Download Hampshire multi-agency guidance