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Honour-based abuse: How we can help you

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Honour-based abuse refers to crimes or incidents committed to protect or defend the honour of a family and/or community.

It can take many different forms including harassment, criminal damage, arson, sexual assault, forced marriage, kidnap and even murder.

What is Female Genital Mutilation?

Female Genital Mutilation involves the partial or total removal of female external genitalia or other injury to female genital organs for non-medical reasons. The practice is illegal and very dangerous.

How do I report honour-based abuse to the police?

If you, or someone you know is suffering honour based abuse you can report it to us by

  • Calling 999 where life is at risk and you believe someone is in immediate danger
  • In all other circumstances, please call our non-emergency number on 101
  • Visit your nearest police station

What will the police do?

We have a dedicated team of experienced investigators for honour based abuse cases. They will explain the investigation process to you and support you throughout it.

They can also refer you to other support agencies. These officers devote their time to helping vulnerable victims and tackling crimes committed in the name of honour.

Your safety is paramount and they will ensure safety plans are put in place for you and any other family members who are at risk of abuse.

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The project challenges domestic violence and abuse by increasing society's awareness of violent and abusive behaviour and offers support to all women experiencing domestic violence in the Broxtowe borough. 

Tel: 01773 719111

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Karma Nirvana is a registered charity that supports victims and survivors of forced marriage and honour-based abuse.

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A registered charity, based in Nottinghamshire, that has given refuge, advice and support to thousands of women and children since 1976. 

Its refuge can offer accommodation for up to seven women, with or without children. Tel: 01159 257647

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Newark Women’s Aid provides safe accommodation, with associated support services, for women with or without children, who are living with or have experienced any form of physical, sexual, emotional, psychological or economic abuse. Tel: 01636 679687

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This charity can find a temporary home for your pets while you are living in temporary accommodation.

Tel: 0115 934 8487 or 07971 337 264

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You can contact the 24 hour freephone DV helpline for Nottinghamshire, which is run by WAIS (Women's Aid Integrated Services), on 0808 800 0340 - this is open 7 days a week.

Help is also available from Equation (guidance and support for men) - Tel: 0115 9605556

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Shine aims to reduce the risks of domestic abuse and homelessness by supporting women to live independently and safely.