HARM: Honour Abuse Research Matrix

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Established in 2018 by Dr. Roxanne Khan, Honour Abuse Research Matrix (HARM) is an innovative response to the global problem of so-called ‘honour’ based violence.

  • Fostering multi-disciplinary working relationships and professional partnerships among various stakeholders worldwide.
  • Furthering the research and pioneering strategies to eliminate honour abuse, killings, forced marriage and FGM.
  • Informing public policy and developing sustainable evidence based front-line responses and safeguarding protocols.

HARM is a vibrant, inclusive network that aligns with UCLan’s protean ethos of quality research, trans-disciplinary impact and international reach.


Join us

Contact: HARMnetwork@uclan.ac.uk

  • Connect with our researchers and other stakeholders to build productive cross-disciplinary partnerships locally, nationally and internationally.
  • Disseminate literature, share contacts, advice and ideas efficiently, through a dedicated central hub.
  • Market conferences and events, raise awareness - contribute to the ongoing success of HARM.

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Dr. Roxanne Khan at Honour Abuse Research Matrix Conference 2019

Honour Abuse Research Matrix welcomes membership applications from

  • 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, think tanks and grant funding bodies.

HARM Network Ambassadors


Nazir Afzal OBE. Government advisor and former Chief Prosecutor. Renowned for raising public awareness of forced marriage and 'honour' crimes, Nazir received a standing ovation for his keynote speech at the HARM launch event in 2018.

DCI Caroline Goode QPM. Formerly London Metropolitan Police, Caroline was awarded Queen's Police Medal for leading the investigation into Banaz Mahmod’s tragic murder, and continues to work tirelessly to protect those at risk of honour violence and killings.

Yasmin Khan. National government advisor on Violence against Women, Yasmin is the pioneering founder of forced marriage and honour abuse charity, the Halo Project.

Professor Karl Roberts. Forensic psychologist, Professor and Chair of Policing and Criminal Justice at Western Sydney University, Australia. Karl is also Adjunct Professor of Pacific Policing at University of the South Pacific, Fiji.

Professor Rusi Jaspal. Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), School of Applied Social Sciences, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, De Montfort University.

Matt Mahmood-Ogston. Director of the Naz and Matt Foundation, Matt is an award-winning LGBTQI+ campaigner.

Dr. Rachael Aplin. Senior Lecturer at Leeds Backett University, specializing in policing and gendered violence, specifically honour abuse. Rachel, a former Detective Sergeant, spent over 20 years in the police force.

Shaheen Hashmat. Scottish Pakistani writer, campaigner, and survivor of honour abuse.

Dr. Lis Bates. Research Fellow, Centre for Gender and Violence Research, School for Policy Studies, Bristol University.

Dr. Geetanjali Gangoli. Centre for Gender and Violence Research, University of Bristol.

Dr. Maz Idriss. Senior Lecturer, Manchester Metropolitan University. Maz is also Trustee of the Elm Foundation and LLM Co-Ordinator for Human Rights.

Join our growing network: HARMnetwork@uclan.ac.uk
We're social  @HARMnetwork

Please send your full name, job title and organisation. You will be added to our membership and will receive full details as well as our regular HARM newsletter and event notifications.

Members are encouraged to promote their membership of the network. You can use ‘Founder Member’ title and our logo (top) in your email signatures, business card, and conference literature.

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:

Lowe, M., Khan, R., et al. (2019). Anti-gay ‘honor’ abuse: A multinational attitudinal study of collectivist vs individualist orientated populations in Asia and England. Journal of Interpersonal Violence

Khan, R., Saleem, S., & Lowe, M. (2018). ‘Honour’-based violence in a British South Asian community. Safer Communities, 17(1), 11-21

Khan, R. (2018). Guest Editorial. Introduction to the Special Issue on Honour Based Abuse, Violence, and Killings. Journal of Aggression, Conflict & Peace Research. Special Edition: ‘Honour’ Killing, Violence & Abuse, 10(4), 237-238.

Lowe, M., Khan, R., Thanzami, V., Barzy, M., & Karmaliani, R. (2018). Attitudes towards intimate partner ‘honor’-based violence in India, Iran, Malaysia and Pakistan. Journal of Aggression, Conflict & Peace Research. Special Edition: ‘Honour’ Killing, Violence & Abuse, 10 (4), 283-89.

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.

Khan, R. (2007). Honour-related violence (HRV) in Scotland: A cross- and multi-agency intervention involvement survey. Int. Journal of Criminology, 1-8.

Conferences and Events

  • July 2018 | Network launch - see our launch storyboard | see our launch brochure
  • April 2019 | First Annual Conference - A new paradigm: developing multidisciplinary partnerships to combat honour violence, forced marriage and FGM - see our conference storyboard

At #HARM2019, we were delighted to introduce an outstanding line-up of ambassadors and speakers including, Dexter Dias, QC, human rights barrister, award winning author and researcher (Harvard & Cambridge Universities) instrumental in changing the law to protect females at risk of FGM. Watch his outstanding keynote on our You Tube channel.


  • Listen to Director of HARM Network, Dr Roxanne Khan, on BBC Radio talking about our research and the importance of raising  awareness about honour crimes | 1hour, 23mins, 50 secs) 

Social Media

YouTube | HARM Network

Website | Currently under construction

Twitter | @HARMnetwork

Consultancy - domestic abuse, HBA (inc forced marriage) and FGM

To improve organisation/company awareness, policy, and practice, please contact us to find out about our tailor-made and evidence based:

  • staff and student training
  • policy briefs and reviews
  • all forms of project work