• Forced Marriage Unit – A Step In The Right Direction | Tina Royles

    The Government’s Forced Marriage Unit set up to tackle forced marriages has already helped at least 250 children – the youngest case involved a child of just two years old and in all cases 82% of those helped were female and 18% were male. This is very welcome news and a step in the right direction in combatting this very traumatic issue.

    If the authorities believe that there is a risk that children under 18 may become victims then the Forced Marriage Unit can intervene. Civil courts have the power to issue Forced Marriage Protection orders to prevent weddings from going ahead.

    The Forced Marriage Unit is a vital service and resource available for victims and others involved within a forced marriage situation, and it is important to raise awareness of the unit and the positive interventions it can make – which are significant.

    It is important for me to clarify the comments of the founder of Freedom Charity, who suggests domestic violence is a criminal offence – domestic violence is not itself a criminal offence, but that some of the acts that might constitute domestic violence such as actual bodily harm, or rape would be an offence in its own right.

    As a society we have come a long way with trying to address and tackle the complexities of both domestic violence and also forced marriage, and although significant inroads have been made, there is still a long, long way to go, but it is not particularly helpful or positive to suggest that “if the majority of forced marriages were white middle class children it would already been made a criminal offence” – lets not make this a racial issue – the fact that it happens is unacceptable and lets all try to work together in partnership to address and tackle it – and as for domestic violence it affects and can happen to anyone regardless of their ethnicity including the white middle class and as highlighted it is not a specific criminal offence.

    For more information on forced marriage and domestic violence advice, please contact me on 01244 760 113 or arrange a call back.

    All enquiries are dealt with the upmost confidentiality.


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    Connet with me: Google+ Tina Royles is the UKs leading expert in domestic violence offering Domestic Violence Counselling, Relationship Counselling and Anger as well as Stress Management Counselling. She is one of the UK’s most qualified and experienced domestic violence experts providing consultancy and advice to those who have suffered domestic violence, are currently in violent relationships or to friends and family of those affected. Tina provides the materials and tools to manage relationship difficulties and domestic violence through awareness and education and is regularly called upon by the national and local press to provide expert comments on high profile cases. Tina Royles

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