Forced marriage now a crime

Forcing someone to marry against their will is now a criminal offence. New legislation introduced in June 2014  applies to people in England and Wales. It also applies to UK nationals overseas who are at risk of becoming the victim of a forced marriage.

Forced marriage can involve physical, psychological, emotional, financial and sexual abuse including being held unlawfully captive, assaulted and raped.

The maximum penalty for the new offence of forced marriage is 7 years imprisonment. Law enforcement agencies will also be able to pursue perpetrators in other countries where a UK national is involved under new powers defined in legislation.

ChildLine have produced a short video to help young people understand the issue of Forced marriage.

Details of how to contact the  Forced Marriage Unit and other resources are available here