Nearly 3,000 so-called “honor attacks” were reported in the United Kingdom in 2010, up 47 percent from the year before, new statistics show.
The Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organization said 2,823 attacks were reported last year, according to data the group collected from 39 out of 52 U.K. police agencies.
According to the Guardian, honor attacks are defined as crimes planned and carried out by a family or community in order to defend their perceived “honor,” usually against a Muslim woman, and can include threats, abduction, acid attacks, beatings, forced marriage, mutilation and murder. Any number of “offenses” can be considered dishonorable, including having a boyfriend, being the victim of rape, refusing an arranged marriage, being gay or even wearing make up or inappropriate dress, Diana Nammi of the IKWRO told the Telegraph.
This was the first large-scale collection of honor-based violence data in the U.K.; previously, officials had cited a “12 honor killings per year” statistics, though its origins were unclear, according to the Guardian.