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Forced Marriage Unit receives 350 calls per month

FMU gave advice or support in 1,220 cases in 2015

In 2015, the Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) gave advice or support relating to a possible forced marriage in 1,220 cases. The FMU also received approximately 350 calls per month in total. These figures, which have been released by the Home Office, include contact that has been made to the FMU through the public helpline or by email in relation to a new case.

Of the cases that FMU provided support to: 

In 2015, the majority of cases 980 (80%) involved female victims, and 240 cases (20%) involved male victims.

Forced marriage is not a problem specific to one country or culture: since it was established in 2005, the FMU has handled cases relating to over 90 countries across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and North America.

In 2015, the FMU handled cases involving 67 'focus' countries which a victim was at risk of, or had already, been taken to in connection with a forced marriage. The five highest volume countries in 2015 were: 

In 2015, 175 (14%) of the cases handled by the FMU had no overseas element, with the forced marriage activity taking place entirely within the UK.

For the full statistics, click here. For information and practice guidelines for professionals protecting, advising and supporting victims, click here.