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Types of criminal exploitation

Honour based violence and female genital mutilation

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation 6 February 

Honour based violence

​Honour based violence (HBV) can affect men and women across a number of cultures and communities and is defined as a crime or incident committed to protect or defend the honour of the family. Issues including choice of dress, friends, relationships and careers can all be perceived as impacting on a family's honour. HBV has the potential to be both a domestic abuse and child abuse concern.

Honour based violence can be distinguished from other forms of violence as it is often committed with some degree of approval and/or collusion from family and/or community members.

Honour based links to services that can support you and your family

Karma Nirvana

UK helpline: 08005 999247 Monday to Friday

Honour network survivors helpline

Honour network survivors helpline telephone: 0800 5999247
Online help for mixed couples whose relationship are opposed by family or community.  

Refuge Halo Project

Website: Refuge (opens in a new window)

Safe lives


Female genital mutilation

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is the partial or total removal of external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. It's also known as female circumcision or cutting.

Religious, social or cultural reasons are sometimes given for FGM. However, FGM is child abuse. It's dangerous and a criminal offence.

FGM links to services that can support you and your family

Website: NSPCC female genital mutilation (opens in a new window)

Acton Aid UK

Telephone: 01460 23800 from 9.00am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday

Health advice NHS choices website

Website: NHS Choices (opens in a new window)

The Dahlia Project

The Dahlia project is a specialist service for women whom have under gone FGM.
Telephone:  0207 2817694


Provides advice and 1:1 support for African women and girls.
Telephone: 0208 9604000


FGM is a physical and sexual crime the police and boarder force have powers to intervene and protect.
Telephone 999

NSPCC helpline

FGM helpline: 0800 0283550