Honour Abuse Research Matrix (HARM) is the first and only international, 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.
HARM network convenes researchers, experts by experience, charities, practitioners, and policymakers from various disciplines and across sectors, with the aim of developing novel and practical ways to understand, explain, and respond to the problem of domestic abuse and homicide, including ‘honour’ abuse, forced marriage and FGM.
- Research-based policy innovation
- Evidence-based training and education
- Awareness, advocacy and activism
HARM is a dynamic, international knowledge-exchange agency that facilitates meaningful conversations, knowledge acquisition and peer engagement, fostering original interdisciplinary 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)
Read founder’s statement by Dr Roxanne Khan
When I founded HARM, in 2018, 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 and forced marriage
What is ‘honour’-based abuse?
HARM network broadly adopts the Crown Prosecution Service definition of ‘Honour’-based abuse (HBA) as: an incident or crime involving violence, threats of violence, intimidation coercion or abuse (including psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional abuse) which has or may have been committed to protect or defend the honour of an individual, family and/ or community for alleged or perceived breaches of the family and/or community’s code of behaviour.
HARM has over 300 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 honour abuse training courses based on the best available current research.
This innovative approach, and increased communication and interaction between the spheres of research, practice, and expertise-by-experience, means that our tailored courses offer effective training solutions and continuing professional development CPD for organisations.
- Domestic Abuse and Homicide
- ‘Honour’ Abuse and Forced Marriage
- Child Abuse
Consultancy: Research and Project Work
- Criminal Justice
- Safeguarding Policy and Practice
- Domestic Homicide Review Chair and Author services
- Programme Evaluations
To find out more about HARM network’s training and consultancy, please contact the HARM team by email.
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.