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.
A key factor in helping the fight against forced marriage is raising awareness and how to spot an individual who may be at risk.
With that in mind, the Forced Marriage Unit’s extensive outreach programme delivers no fewer than 100 training and awareness events a year for professionals across the country. The Unit has also developed multi-agency guidance and e-learning to help professionals to recognise the warning signs and ensure that the right action is taken to help protect those at risk.
Thanks to the FMU’s hard work, over 1,000 protection orders have been put in place to protect those at risk of forced marriage.
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