Over 50 reports of honour based abuse, including 17 forced marriages and two cased of female genital mutilation were reported in South Yorkshire last year.
Honour based abuse is committed in the belief that it is protecting or defending the honour of a family or community.
Detective Inspector Karen Hockley, South Yorkshire Police’s lead officer for honour based abuse, forced marriage and female genital mutilation, said: “There is nothing honourable about the actions of those individuals who seek to control, intimidate or physically harm another and we must raise awareness of this largely unreported crime.
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“This is a despicable crime and it will not be tolerated in South Yorkshire. It is hugely important that we work together to safeguard potential victims from harm.
“While we have some figures that show honour based abuse is happening in our region, the reality is that this is an under-reported crime and the true numbers could be much higher.
“We want to empower victims and potential victims to come forward, knowing that they will be listened to and that we will do everything in our power to protect them.”
Call 101 or the charity Karma Nirvana, which supports victims, on 0800 5999 247.