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Forced marriage law introduced, 28/11/11 [S]

Victims of forced marriage in Scotland will benefit from greater protection with new legislation being introduced.

Scottish courts now have the power to issue Forced Marriage Protection Orders, which offer increased protection for both men and women who are affected by forced marriage.

The legislation is the first in the UK to make it a criminal offence to breach an Order, leading to a two year prison sentence, a fine, or both.

Courts can tailor the terms of the Protection Order according to the specific needs of the victim, for example, to ensure people are taken to a place of safety or help those in danger of being taken abroad for marriage.

For full details see the Scottish Government website.

Further Information

Forced Marriage Scottish statutory guidance
Forced marriage law introduced