Hidden harm

Thames valley map showing the number of honour based abuse within each area.

Culture and tradition are not an excuse for abuse

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.

Cases of honour based abuse in Thames Valley

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
Aylesbury Vale 84
Cherwell and West Oxfordshire 52
Chiltern and South Bucks 56
Bracknell and Wokingham 54
Milton Keynes 111
Oxford 128
Reading 122
Slough 306
South Oxfordshire and the Vale of the White Horse 18
West Berkshire 18
Windsor and Maidenhead 60
Wycombe 136

HBA could be happening to someone you know so it’s important you know some of the warning signs to look out for:

  • seeming withdrawn or poorly performing at school or work
  • having their movements controlled, regular family disputes or running away from home
  • signs of physical injury or self-harm

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

Hidden Harm poster.