A dowry is a scenario in which a woman's family pays her future grooms family in before their marriage.
It may seem old fashioned, but among many communities it is still an important tradition in weddings. And usually a happy tradition, however abuse of that dowry is an issue.
This can happen when wives are beaten and even tortured by their husband's family for not paying enough of a dowry.
Hundreds of women in Britain suffer this domestic abuse, which is widely unheard of.
To discuss this further is Polly Harrar, Founder, The Sharan Project, which works with ethnic-minority women experiencing dowry-related violence and Sulema Jahangir, who is a lawyer and deals with dowry-related cases.