Forced marriage

From June 2014, forcing someone to marry became a crime. This is where one or both spouses do not, or cannot, consent to the marriage.

It can include physical, psychological, financial, sexual and emotional pressure. In some cases victims suffer violence and abuse from their extended family.

Derbyshire Constabulary is taking a victim led approach in delivering the new legislation. This will respect the views of victims and provide the necessary support. The new law will offer greater powers in prosecuting those involved and those found guilty can face up to seven years imprisonment.

The "Forced marriage is a crime" document offers advice and contact numbers for support. This document is available to download in the related documents section.

You can also see the safeguarding children board procedure in relation to forced marriage.

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