There is no honour in threatening or harming others with violence. In the West Midlands, a small minority of women and men experience violence and threats of violence at the hands of their family or community in order to protect this perceived ‘honour’. There is no religious or cultural basis to this violence, it is a crime and we will take seriously any information received from any source relating to this subject.
If you are in fear of such violence or believe someone may be suffering, do not underestimate the seriousness of such a situation. Honour-based violence takes lives. West Midlands Police takes these issues seriously - we can and will help.
Forced marriage should not be confused with an arranged marriage. Parties within an arranged marriage have the choice to accept the arrangement or not. The tradition of arranged marriages has operated successfully within many communities and countries for a very long time.
Forced marriage is when one or both parties are threatened or bullied into such a marriage.
If you are worried you might be forced into marriage or are worried for someone else, please contact us. West Midlands Police has specialist ‘safeguarding’ officers who are experienced in dealing with cases of honour-based violence and forced marriage. There is much we can do to protect you.
A Forced Marriage Protection Order can help if you are:
A Forced Marriage Protection Order is unique to each case and contains legally binding conditions and directions that change the behaviour of a person or persons trying to force someone into marriage.
The aim of the order is to protect the person who has been or is being forced into marriage against their wishes. The court can make an order in an emergency so that protection is in place straightaway. West Midlands Police can help and support you through this process if you wish.
If there is an immediate threat to life, or the immediate threat of being taken abroad, dial 999. In all other cases, call the non-emergency number 101.
This is a collective term used for procedures, such as female circumcision, which include the partial or total removal of the external female genital organs, or injury to the female genital organs for a cultural or non-therapeutic reason.