Child Abuse is Wrong: What Can I Do?

Violence based on so-called honour

Violence based on "honour" happens when family members use violence to protect family honour. The victim is usually female. The victim has behaved in ways that the family believes will bring shame or dishonour. For example, the family might not approve of:

  • dating or talking to boys
  • having sexual relationships outside of marriage
  • wearing was they believe is the wrong clothing, or
  • refusing a forced marriage.

The family members believe that using violence will bring back the family's reputation. The types of violence the family uses can include:

  • beatings
  • forced confinement
  • threats
  • counselling suicide, and
  • killing.

These actions are crimes.

If you know a child who is afraid for their safety because of family honour, contact the police.

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