There is no
honour in threatening or harming others with violence. In the West Midlands, a
small number of women and men experience violence and threats from their family
or community to protect perceived family ‘honour’.
There is no
religious or cultural basis to this violence. It is a crime and we will take
any information received from any source about this subject seriously.
If you are in
fear of this kind of violence or believe someone may be suffering, do not
underestimate the seriousness of the situation.
violence takes lives. West Midlands Police takes these issues seriously - we
can and will help.
Warning signs of honour-based violence
- Broken communication
between victim and friends
- Absence from
- Criticism of
the victim for ‘western’ adoption of dress/make-up
- Restrictions in
leaving the house or being accompanied outside the home
- Depressive or suicidal tendencies in an otherwise happy person.
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.
A forced marriage
is where one or both people do not (or in cases of people with learning
disabilities, cannot) consent to the marriage and pressure or abuse is used.
If you are
worried you might be forced into marriage or are worried for someone else,
please contact us. We understand that people often do not come forward as they
are too frightened or feel disloyal to their family and community for speaking
out. We want to reassure you that should you take that step, you will be
supported at every stage of the process and your views and safety will be taken
into account at all times. There is much we can do to protect you.
Forced Marriage Protection Orders
A Forced Marriage
Protection Order can help if you are:
- Being forced
into marriage, or;
- You are already in a forced marriage.
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 people 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.
and Breach of a Forced Marriage Protection order (FMPO) are criminal offences
under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014. The law:
- Criminalises the act of forcing someone to marry against their
- Criminalises the act of luring of a person to a territory of a
state for the purpose of forcing them to enter into marriage without
- Criminalises the act of using deception with the intention of
causing a person to leave the UK with the intention of forcing that person
- Criminalises the breach of a Forced Marriage Protection Order.
- If a person lacks the capacity to consent, the offence is also
capable of being committed by any conduct carried out for the purpose of
causing the victim to marry, whether or not it amounts to violence,
threats or any other form of coercion.
There is a
maximum penalty of seven years for committing a forced marriage offence and a
maximum penalty of five years for breach of a forced marriage protection order.
guidance on forced marriage, go to www.gov.uk/forced-marriage
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