Posts Tagged: forced marriage unit

Tackling forced marriage

In 2014, the Government introduced legislation that criminalised forced marriage under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.  The law stipulates that anyone ‘forcing someone to marry can result in a sentence of up to 7 years in prison’ and that ‘disobeying a Forced Marriage Protection Order can result in a sentence of up to …

Forced Marriage: what you need to know

When I first heard the words ‘forced marriage’ I thought this was an extraneous issue in our time, like a myth or a legend, an old tradition practiced in some ancient society. The reality I faced afterwards was far different. Forced marriages are neither fiction nor old. They are real and they are still deeply …

Forced Marriage Survey and the Law

Forced Marriage Survey and the Law

We conducted a survey in a bustling high street in central London on the 7th July to gauge public opinion on forced marriages and the new law criminalising forced marriages via the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime & Policing Act 2014. 85% of participants had an idea of what a forced marriage was and what it entails. This …