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Forcing someone to marry against their will is now a criminal offence. New legislation is designed to help people in England & Wales. It also applies to UK nationals overseas who are at risk of becoming the victim of a forced marriage. Forced marriage (especially for children) can involve physical, psychological, emotional, financial & sexual abuse including being held unlawfully captive, assaulted and raped.
Law enforcement agencies will also be able to pursue perpetrators in other countries where a UK national is involved under new powers defined in legislation. The maximum penalty for the new offence of forced marriage is 7 years imprisonment. In 2013, the government’s Forced Marriage Unit gave advice or support related to a possible forced marriage to more than 1,300 people.