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'Honour abuse' victim: problem is widespread in our area

A woman who claims she was psychologically abused by her family has spoken out - saying she was a victim of the so-called 'honour system'.

Saliha Rashid says she realised she was being controlled when she was not allowed to play with children from another culture in her school holidays:

The 22-year-old went on to do a degree at Leeds Trinity University after leaving home.

She was taken back home to Bradford twice after trying to leave when she was still at school.

She says the local authorities did not understand the abuse which goes on in communities which live by the honour code.

Saliha will host a webchat organised by West Yorkshire Police from 7pm-8pm tonight, to help others who think they are victims of honour abuse.

You can join in the conversation by clicking here

For more information on charities which can help, click here

What is honour-based abuse?

  • It is a violent crime or psychological abuse which may have been committed to protect or defend the honour of the family or community
  • It is often linked to family members or acquaintances who mistakenly believe someone has brought shame to their family or community by doing something that is not in keeping with the traditional beliefs

Who might become a victim?

  • Those who become involved with a boyfriend or girlfriend from a different culture or religion
  • Those who want to get out of an arranged marriage
  • Those who want to get out of a forced marriage
  • Those who wear clothes or take part in activities that might not be considered traditional within a particular culture