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About us

We were established in 1993 as the first specialist charity for victims and survivors. We are committed to ending Honour Based Abuse in the UK.

Our story so far

Karma Nirvana was founded by Dr Jasvinder Sanghera CBE, after she escaped a forced marriage at 15 and tragically lost her sister to Honour Based Abuse.

In 1993, Karma Nirvana became the first specialist charity for victims and survivors of Honour Based Abuse in the UK.

Since then, we have led the campaign against Honour Based Abuse – supporting, empowering and educating those impacted, so they can live a life free of abuse.

We run the national Honour Based Abuse Helpline, we train frontline practitioners and professionals, and we campaign for change, working with parliamentarians and policy-makers.

Our vision for the future

Our aim, to end Honour Based Abuse, is ambitious – but it is not impossible.

Despite decades of striving to raise awareness and understanding, Honour Based Abuse is still not understood and is not recognised as a form of domestic abuse. There is little accurate data on its extent or its impact. Its true scale, scope and prevalence are unknown, so it remains a thriving but invisible problem. Meanwhile, shame and stigma prevent victims from speaking out and seeking help.

Our organisational strategy is a direct response to this problem.

We know that before we can reach our ultimate goal, we must strengthen collective understanding of what Honour Based Abuse is and the devastating impact it can have.

Our values

Our values shape everything we stand for and believe in.

Our strategy

We have an ambitious plan to end Honour Based Abuse in the UK.

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