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Criminalisation of forced marriage included in Queen’s Speech

Provisions to be included in Crime and Policing Bill

Under the Crime and Policing Bill, announced in the Queen's Speech, forced marriage will become a criminal offence, as will a breach of a forced-marriage protection order.

The decision to create a specific offence of forced marriage was announced by Theresa May, the Home Secretary, in June 2012 following a 12-week consultation which took views from the public, victims, charities and frontline agencies.  The new law will be accompanied by a range of measures to increase protection and support for victims with a continuing focus on prevention.

The Forced Marriage Unit released statistics in March which showed that it gave advice or support related to a possible forced marriage in 1485 cases in 2012.