The Safer Slough Partnership (SSP) is supporting the latest phase of Thames Valley Police’s Hidden Harm campaign this July, by asking everyone to open their eyes to honour based abuse (HBA).
HBA is any type of abuse committed against a person to protect or defend the perceived ‘honour’ of a family or community. The abuse can be emotional, physical or sexual and can involve threats of violence, imprisonment, stalking, forced marriage, rape and even murder.
HBA is not about religion. It’s to do with beliefs and customs and an expectation that people should behave in a certain way or they will bring shame or dishonour on their family or the wider community.
There have been 1,200 cases - incidents and crimes recorded between April 2014 and March 2018 - of abuse in the name of ‘honour’ in Thames Valley (306 were reported in Slough alone) since 2014. It is likely that many more offences have been committed but not reported.
Figures cover incidents and crimes recorded between April 2014 and March 2018 and includes 55 out of force offences.
|Area||Cases of honour based abuse|
|Cherwell and West Oxfordshire||52|
|Chiltern and South Bucks||56|
|Bracknell and Wokingham||54|
|South Oxfordshire and the Vale of the White Horse||18|
|Windsor and Maidenhead||60|
HBA could be happening to someone you know so it’s important you know some of the warning signs to look out for:
If you think someone you know may be a victim of honour based abuse, call us on 101 or 999 in an emergency. There are lots of ways we can help and we will always take you seriously. For more information search #HiddenHarm