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.
It is important that we take a very active approach to prevent Forced Marriage. It is happening all across the world and Since 2005 the FMU has handled cases relating to over 90 countries across Asia, the MiddleEast, Africa, Europe and North America. Last year alone, 1,220 different cases for potential forced marriage were given the support of the FMU. These are only the cases that were brought to light, which is why it is so important to look out for signs of potential 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