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New research jointly led by the University of Lincoln and University of Bristol, highlights the pressure forced marriage puts on police forces and local authorities nationwide.

Forced marriage is classified as a form of domestic violence and can often lead to other crimes, such as rape. Over the past decade Forced Marriage Protection Orders (FMPOs)  have been issued at an average rate of 5 per week.

This research shows us for the first time how Forced Marriage Protection Orders are a double-edged sword. Although they can prevent forced marriage and protect victims, these orders can also increase the risk of honour-based violence, including abduction, physical assaults, and rape.

Co-lead author Aisha K. Gill, Professor of Criminology at the University of Bristol

The report findings were presented to MPs and representatives from a range of frontline safeguarding services at the House of Commons in May 2023. Find out more.