Karma Nirvana

  • Are you being pressured to get married against your will?
  • Do you fear to bring shame or dishonour on your family?
  • Have you been emotionally or physically abused?
  • Are you confused about what they say scripture demands of you?
  • Do you worry about being disowned?

If you are concerned about any of the above, please call us in confidence. Culture, Religion and Tradition are not an excuse; forced marriage is illegal in the UK.

Karma Nirvana is a registered Charity that supports victims and survivors of forced marriage and honour based abuse. The words Karma Nirvana simply mean ‘Peace and Enlightenment’ as we hope our victims will achieve this through our work. Karma Nirvana has one clear aim: to stop the scandal of forced marriage and honour-based violence.

Honour-based abuse refers to an incident or crime which has or may have been committed to protect or defend the honour of the family and/or community.

An honour killing is sometimes carried out when victims are perceived to have caused irreversible dishonour to the family name by engaging in Western behaviours. It could be that the victim has a boyfriend or has refused an arranged marriage.

A forced marriage is very different from an arranged marriage. A forced marriage is where one or both spouses do not (or in the case of some adults with learning or physical disabilities, cannot) consent to the marriage and duress is involved. Duress can include physical, psychological, financial, sexual and emotional pressure.

Contact details

  • http://www.karmanirvana.org.uk/
  • Address:
    • PO BOX 148,
    • Leeds,
    • West Yorkshire,
    • LS13 9DB
  • Telephone: 0800 599 9247
  • Email: info@karmanirvana.org.uk
  • Helpline number: 0800 5999 247
  • Helpline information: UK Helpline Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm. | If you are in immediate danger call 999 We listen to you in complete confidence. Which means we don’t talk to your family, friends, or anyone else. It doesn’t matter if you’re 13 or 30, male or female. Whatever your age and whatever your circumstances, our loyalty is to you. One hundred per cent.

Service details

  • Alternative names: Honour Network
  • Areas served: UK wide
  • Is there a cost for these services? no
  • How can people access this service? Telephone
Updated: more than six months ago.
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