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Meg welcomes new law on forced marriages

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Heeley MP Meg Munn has welcomed the Forced Marriage Act which comes into force today. This new law, which Meg has long campaigned for, will help protect young women from being forced into marrying someone they do not want to. It will enable family courts to make a Forced Marriage Protection Order (FMPO) to prevent or pre-empt forced marriages from occurring.

Meg said:

‘These new powers will help protect vulnerable young women from the abuse and repercussions they face in the event of a forced marriage. When I was Minister for Women I talked to a number of women about this practice and was horrified by their stories. Young women should feel safer and more protected from today, and I am delighted that this new law has arrived.’

 

Where a forced marriage has taken place, courts can make orders to protect the victim and help remove them from that situation. The order may contain prohibitions, restrictions or requirements or such other terms as the court thinks appropriate to stop or change the behaviour or conduct of those who would force the victim into marriage.

For more information visit www.equalities.gov.uk

 

Forced Marriage Unit:

Open Monday Friday from 9.00am 5.00pm (+44) (0)20 7008 0151

Emergency Duty Officer (+44) (0)20 7008 1500 (limited service only)

Or email: fmu@fco.gov.uk

 

National 24 Hour Domestic Violence Helpline:

Website: www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk

Telephone: 0808 2000 247

 


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