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New measures announced to combat forced marriage

Consultation will consider a duty on professionals to report forced marriage cases

The Home Secretary Sajid Javid has announced a package of measures to tackle forced marriage.

As part of this, a public consultation will be launched to determine whether there should be a mandatory requirement for professionals to report a forced marriage case to the authorities. This is intended to help identify:

Further measures announced to crack down on forced marriage include plans to:

This work will progress over the coming months and follows previous action taken by the government to strengthen the law including the introduction of a specific criminal offence of forced marriage, lifelong anonymity for victims, and criminalising breach of a Forced Marriage Protection Order (FMPO)