HARM: Honour Abuse Research Matrix

Honour Abuse Research Matrix is an innovative response to the global problem of so-called ‘honour’ based violence. HARM is a dynamic multi-disciplinary global network of academics, front-line professionals, NGOs and policy makers working collaboratively to further the research, inform front-line practice and present cohesive evidence-based public policy recommendations. HARM is a vibrant, inclusive matrix that aligns with UCLan’s protean ethos of quality research, trans-disciplinary impact and international reach.

HARM aims to...

  • foster multi-disciplinary working relationships and professional partnerships among various stakeholders worldwide.
  • further research and pioneer strategies to combat honour-based abuse, killings, forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM).
  • inform public policy and to establish a cohesive evidence-based front-line response.

Join us now to...

  • connect internationally with other stakeholders to build productive cross-disciplinary partnerships.
  • disseminate literature and share contacts, advice and ideas efficiently, through a dedicated central hub.
  • market conferences and events, raise awareness and contribute to the ongoing success of HARM.

HARM welcomes...

  • academics, teachers and trainers, police, fire service and other emergency services.
  • adult and children safeguarding professionals, victim support, NGOs and activists.
  • health sector, the legal profession, governmental advisors, thinktanks and grant funding bodies.

We are proud of our network ambassadors, including Nazir Afzal OBE, Government advisor and former Chief Prosecutor, renowned for raising public awareness of forced marriage and 'honour' based crimes, who gave a wonderful keynote speech at the HARM launch event. Also, Matt Mahmood-Ogston of the Naz and Matt Foundation - an award-winning LGBTQI+ campaigner, and Yasmin Khan, OBE, national government advisor on Violence against Women, and director of the HALO project.

At the forthcoming First Annual HARM Conference on 25th April 2019, we’re delighted to introduce an outstanding line-up of ambassadors and speakers including, Dexter Dias, QC, human rights barrister, award winning author and researcher (Harvard and Cambridge Universities) instrumental in changing the law to better protect females at risk of FGM. Also, DCI Caroline Goode, formerly London Metropolitan Police, awarded Queen's Police Medal for leading investigation into Banaz Mahmod’s murder.

Join HARM today as a  Founder Member to connect with over 200 influential members across the UK, in Europe (e.g., Finland, Portugal, Cyprus) and further afield in India, Malaysia, Pakistan, and the USA.

Contact: Director of HARM, Dr. Roxanne Khan - rkhan2@uclan.ac.uk

Research grouping

Criminal Justice Partnership (Violence and Aggression)

Subject Areas

  • Education
  • Evidence Based Policing
  • Families, Children and Life Transitions
  • Forensic Science
  • Health and International Justice
  • Language, Linguistics, Culture and Society
  • Law
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Midwifery and Maternal Child Health
  • Psychology
  • Social Inclusion
  • Social Work and Social Policy

Project Lead

Dr Roxanne Khan

Public Outputs

Free access to a recent HARM publication:

Khan, R., Hall, B. & Lowe, M. (2017, December).  ‘Honour’ abuse: the experience of South Asians who identify as LGBT in North West England. Summary report prepared for Lancashire Constabulary, HARM: Honour Abuse Research Matrix, UCLan, UK.


Network launch: Summer 2018 - see our launch storyboard
Website: HARMnetwork.org going live, late 2018

Conferences and Events

First Annual Conference: A new paradigm: developing multidisciplinary partnerships to combat honour violence, forced marriage and FGM.
Location: Harris Museum, Preston
Date: 25 April 2019

Website: currently under construction