The government’s Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) has launched their summer campaign against the abuse that is forced marriage. It will run from the 12th until the 22nd, which is in time to target the spike summer period where families use the opportunity of the long holiday to take individuals overseas for marriages. The FMU will be using this time to make potential victims aware of the risks, and potential perpetrators aware of the consequences.
Forced Marriage is not specific to one country or any one culture. Since 2005, the FMU have handled cases from 90 different countries. However, The UK is a world-leader in the fight to stamp out the brutal practice of forced marriage,with its dedicated Forced Marriage Unit leading efforts to combat it both at home and abroad. In 2015, the Unit gave advice or support related to a possible forced marriage in 1,220 cases.
If you have any concerns that an individual is at risk of being forced into a marriage call Warwickshire Police (999/ 101) or the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 01926 414144
More information can be found here