Honour Abuse Research Matrix (HARM)

HARM is a vibrant, multi-disciplinary research network focused on so-called ‘honour’-based abuse, violence and killing, forced marriage, female genital mutilation (FGM), and other under-researched and often misunderstood forms of domestic abuse.


The purpose of the Honour Abuse Research Matrix (HARM) is to convene researchers, experts by experience, charities, policymakers, and practitioners from various disciplines and across sectors. Our aim is to develop novel and practical ways to understand, explain and respond to family violence and domestic homicide, so that it includes ‘honour’ abuse, forced marriage and FGM.

  • Research-based policy innovation
  • Evidence-based training and education
  • Awareness and advocacy

HARM is a dynamic, international knowledge-exchange agency that facilitates meaningful conversations, knowledge acquisition and peer engagement, fostering original research, research-based policy innovation, training, and awareness programmes that put the voice of the survivor at the centre.

We are working with our worldwide membership to build a society that ensures equality and freedom from abuse for all.

"I think HARM is a really brilliant idea, it is a fantastic project that I'm proud to be associated with."

Dexter Dias, QC (Award Winning Human Rights Barrister)
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Free network membership

  • Membership welcome pack and certificate
  • Connect with our diverse international network members
  • Find research partners and collaborators
  • Share best practices and get expert advice
  • Regular newsletters and bulletins
  • Share your news, promote your research and events across our network
  • Networking and learning events

Do you want to help us create a world safe from family violence and domestic homicide, including ‘honour’ abuse, forced marriage and FGM? HARM welcomes members from the UK and internationally. And it only takes a moment to join us!

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Read Founder’s statement by Dr Roxanne Khan

Let me start by telling you why I established HARM. I had one goal – that is to unite researchers, practitioners, and experts-by-experience in a mission to develop strategies to eliminate ‘honour’-based abuse. Eventually, we can eliminate these crimes, and that is a vision I believe is worth fighting for.

What is ‘honour’-based abuse?

‘Honour’-based abuse (HBA) can be defined as criminal acts committed to protect or defend the honour of the family and/or community (Crime Prosecution Service, 2008). HBA victims in the UK are typically young south Asian or Middle Eastern females (Begum et al, 2020). Lesser recognised are male victims and those in other cultural groups, including people of Mediterranean and Turkish heritage and in Gypsy Roma Traveler communities (e.g., Asquith, 2016; Caffaro et al, 2014; Idriss, 2019).

Featured publications

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    Funded by Research England (QR SPF). April 2021. Evidence-based guidance to enable universities to develop effective domestic abuse policies to support and protect staff and students.

    Tuesday 29 March 2022
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    Funded by Research England (QR SPF). April 2020. Evidence-based, best practice guidance to support effective organisational safeguarding policies and practical workplace responses to harmful traditional practices (HTPs).

    Tuesday 29 March 2022
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    Support Our Sisters (SOS): A Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Specialist Psychosocial Service in Salford, Greater Manchester | A Pilot project Narratives of women whose mental health has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Tuesday 29 March 2022

Our members

HARM has over 200 members worldwide. Our diverse network encompasses local, national, and international members from academia, the police and other emergency services and first-responders, crime scene investigators, legal professionals, government advisors, the Civil Service, NGOs and support organisations, social services and safeguarding professionals, survivors, activists and students.


Training and consulting

HARM develops practitioner-led, survivor-informed training courses based on the best available current empirical research.

This interdisciplinary approach, and increased communication and interaction between the spheres of research, policy, experts-by-experience and practice, means that our tailored training courses offer sustainable, meaningful, continuing professional development CPD.


  • Domestic Abuse
  • ‘Honour’ Abuse and Forced Marriage
  • Child Abuse


  • Research and Project Work
  • Safeguarding
  • Policy and Practice

Conferences and events

For details of current and planned HARM network events, please subscribe to our newsletter: Contact HARMnetwork@uclan.ac.uk

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Research Degree enquiries welcome. If you would like to do a PhD or MSc with Dr Khan, please contact her directly rkhan2@uclan.ac.uk

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Nazir Afzal Essay Competition

The annual Nazir Afzal Essay Competition, organised by HARM network, is named after British solicitor and former Chief Crown Prosecutor Nazir Afzal OBE who, during a 25 year career, has prosecuted some of the most high profile cases in the country, and led nationally on numerous legal topics including violence against women and girls, child sexual abuse, and honour based violence.

Enter the competition

Commissioners and funders

Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs), charities, local and national government, and other research funding bodies; Are you looking to commission high-quality research to inform your policies and practices?

  • Qualitative, quantitative and mixed-method social research
  • Community-based participatory research (CBPR)
  • Programme evaluation
  • Plain English reporting
  • Targeted dissemination
  • Educational events and evidence-based learning

HARM is a diverse community of researchers, practitioners and experts-by-experience, with a demonstrable track record of delivering research and learning in the areas of violence and aggression, criminal justice, and health.

To commission research or invite HARM to tender, please contact HARMnetwork@uclan.ac.uk

Press and media

We are always happy to work with journalists around the world to share compelling stories about our research and innovations. If you’re a member of the media and would like to talk, please email us at HARMnetwork@uclan.ac.uk

Help, Support and Advice


If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for Police.

Get in touch

Roxanne Khan, Director, Honour Abuse Research Matrix (HARM)
School of Psychology
Telephone +44 (0) 1772 89 5175
Email HARMnetwork@uclan.ac.uk