Forced Marriage

Home Office written question – answered on 23rd November 2018.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 15 October 2018 to Question 174014 on Force Marriage, if he will provide that same information by geographical location.

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

The UK is a world leader in the fight to stamp out the brutal practice of forced marriage, with our joint Home Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) leading efforts to combat it both at home and abroad. We made forced marriage a criminal offence in 2014 to better protect victims and send a clear message that this abhorrent practice is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated in the UK. To date, there have been four convictions under the offence.

Due to the small numbers of referrals, charges and convictions this information is not available by geographic location to prevent the risk of victims being identified. This is important as victims of Forced Marriage may have the protection of lifetime anonymity.

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