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Forced Marriage Unit gave advice in 1,428 cases in 2016

Over 40 per cent of cases related to Pakistan

The Forced Marriage Unit has published information on the number of cases reported to the Unit via its public helpline and email inbox from 1 January to 31 December 2016.

In 2016, the Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) gave advice or support related to a possible forced marriage in 1,428 cases (the highest annual figure since 2012). These figures 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 2016, 1,145 (80%) involved women victims, while 283 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 2016, the FMU handled cases relating to 69 'focus' countries which a victim was at risk of, or had already, been taken to in connection with a forced marriage. The six highest volume countries in 2016 were: 

 In 2016, 157 (11%) of the cases that were handled by the FMU had no overseas element, with the potential or actual forced marriage taking place entirely within the UK.

For the full statistics, click here.