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Forced Marriage Unit publishes statistics as to number of cases reported in 2021

Last week, the Forced Marriage Unit published statistics as to the number of cases reported to it through its public helpline and email inbox during 2021. During the course of the year, the Forced Marriage Unit gave advice and support in 337 cases related to a possible forced marriage and/or possible female genital mutilation and responded to 868 general enquiries.

Amongst other statistics and information, the Forced Marriage Unit reported that of the cases to which it provided advice or support during the year:

• 118 cases (35%) involved victims below 18 years of age

• 120 cases (36%) involved victims aged 18-25

• 53 cases (16%) involved victims with mental capacity concerns

• 251 cases (74%) involved female victims, and 86 cases (26%) involved male victims

For the full statistics and report, click here.

Julia Queen, Barrister, Coram Chambers