This article looks at the hidden male victims of so-called ‘honour’ based abuse. Several tragic cases have reached headlines over recent years and both men and women are victims of historical cultural controls they do not want. VICE discusses two such cases and hears from victims about their experiences.
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2,024 cases of HBV were reported in England and Wales in 2019-2020, according to official Home Office statistics, but the true figure is likely to be much higher, due to a reluctance by victims to come forward. 80 percent of HBV victims are women, but a significant number of men are suffering in silence.
For Saad Azam, a 24-year-old software engineer from Reading, the moment of clarity came when his mother struck him in the face with a rolling pin. Dealing with domestic abuse from his parents was no longer an option – especially with the knowledge he would be forced into marriage if he stayed.