In Denmark, minority youths fear honour crime

The number of minority youths who seek help because of family threats has almost quadrupled since 2005.

“Most of the girls who approach us have already had a verbal conflict with their parents during which threats have been made. These can be threats that they will be confined to the house or sent back to their ethnic country. Or it can be a threat of violence,” Johannesson adds.

Since 2006, the National Police Investigation Centre has registered 400 so-called honour crimes in Denmark.

These range from threats, compulsion, violence and confinement to forced marriages and forced repatriation to the family’s original home country.