Forced Marriage Unit

Home Office written question – answered on 22nd February 2018.

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Photo of Tulip Siddiq Tulip Siddiq Labour, Hampstead and Kilburn

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many telephone calls received by the forced marriage unit were from (a) domestic and (b) international locations since 2016.

Photo of Tulip Siddiq Tulip Siddiq Labour, Hampstead and Kilburn

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many calls the 24-hour female genital mutilation hotline has received since January 2016.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

In 2016 the Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) helpline received approximately 3,500 calls, which translates to 1,428 cases. FMU records the focus country as where marriage is due to take place regardless of where the victim is at the time of first contact. In 2016, in 90% of cases the ceremony did or was due to take place overseas. In the rest of the cases received the risk was in the UK.

The NSPCC run and fund a 24 hour national helpline for female genital mutilation. As the helpline is not funded by the Home Office we do not hold this data.

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