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Welsh charity criticises lack of police support for forced marriage victims

FoI request by Wales on Sunday reveals number of forced marriage referrals

Charities supporting victims of forced marriage have criticised police and local authorities in Wales for not doing enough to encourage victims to come forward.

A Freedom of Information request, submitted by Wales on Sunday, has established the number of forced marriage referrals to the police forces in Wales. The request established that between April 2009 and March 2012 just one case was referred to North Wales Police, two cases had been referred to Dyfed Powys Police, a few cases each year had been referred to Gwent Police, whereas South Wales Police had received 71 referrals.

Cardiff-based Henna Foundation told Wales Online 'there is a lack of confidence in the authorities because the victims don't know what's going to happen if they come forward.'

For full details see the report at Wales Online. For an article on forced marriage and criminal law, please click here.