We don’t know exactly how many victims there are in the UK of honour based violence and forced marriage. What we do know about HBV/FM is that victims are afraid of bringing shame onto their family and therefore are reluctant to seek support. This abuse is usually hidden from view and victims may be too young, too scared or too ashamed to tell anyone about what is happening to them.
However, there are a number of different sources of information, including official government statistics and academic research.
Karma Nirvana Research Statistics
Forced Marriage Unit – The Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) is a joint-initiative with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Home Office. They are dedicated to preventing forced marriage. They work with embassy staff overseas to rescue British nationals, both male and female, who may have been/or who are being forced to marry. Call them on (+44)0207 008 0151.
National Domestic Violence Helpline – The Freephone 24 Hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run in partnership between Women’s Aid and Refuge, is a national service for women experiencing domestic violence, their family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf.
Daughters of Eve – Daughters of Eve is a non-profit organisation, that works to advance and protect the physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health rights of young people from female genital mutilation (FGM) practising communities.