The depths of dishonour: Hidden voices and shameful crimes - An inspection of the police response to honour-based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation

Summary

Honour-based violence (HBV) is the term used to refer to a collection of practices used predominantly to control the behaviour of women and girls within families or other social groups in order to protect supposed cultural and religious beliefs, values and social norms in the name of ‘honour’. HBV incidents and crimes include specific types of offence, such as forced marriage and female genital mutilation, and acts which have long been criminalised, such as assault, rape and murder. Throughout this report, we use HBV to refer to the full range of incidents and crimes which perpetrators carry out under the guise of maintaining or protecting perceived ‘honour’.

This is the first HMIC inspection to focus on HBV. Our findings are set out in the report, which also contains recommendations for the Home Office, the National Police Chiefs Council, chief constables, and the College of Policing.

HMIC has also published the results of a research project, which includes the first-hand experiences of victims of HBV. This research was carried out by the University of Bristol and in collaboration with the University of Roehampton, on behalf of HMIC.

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The depths of dishonour: Hidden voices and shameful crimes

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Victim/survivor voices – a participatory research project

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Every police force must improve its understanding of honour-based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation

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Avon and Somerset police and crime commissioner’s response to ‘The depths of dishonour’

Devon and Cornwall police and crime commissioner’s response to ‘The depths of dishonour’

Dorset police and crime commissioner’s response to ‘The depths of dishonour’

Dyfed-Powys police and crime commissioner’s response to ‘The depths of dishonour’

Essex police and crime commissioner’s response to ‘The depths of dishonour’

Leicestershire police and crime commissioner’s response to ‘The depths of dishonour’

Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime’s response to ‘The Depth of dishonour’

Merseyside police and crime commissioner’s response to ‘The depths of dishonour’

North Wales police and crime commissioner’s response to ‘The depths of dishonour’

Surrey police and crime commissioner’s response to ‘The depths of dishonour’

Sussex police and crime commissioner’s response to ‘The depths of dishonour’

West Midlands police and crime commissioner’s response to ‘The depths of dishonour’

West Yorkshire police and crime commissioner’s response to ‘The depths of dishonour’

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