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Forced Marriage Reports Since 2014/15

Question

1. In 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17, how many cases were investigated in relation to suspected offences relating to forced marriages? This may include, but not be limited to, suspected offences of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse in the context of a forced marriage.

(To help identify these cases, a monitoring flag may have been applied to the case record if the suspected offence has been carried out in the context of a forced marriage. The CPS identifies forced marriage cases using this monitoring flag, so I presume police forces may do the same.) .

2. Please can you disclose the age range of the reported victims in these cases and the number of them who were aged 15 or under?

(I mean the total age range across all cases, so there is no chance of identification of victims. For instance, there may have been 20 cases investigated, with 9 of the reported victims being 15 or under and the reported victims being aged between 9 and 25. By ‘reported victims’ I mean the people who the police suspected were being forced into marriages.)

3. How many of the reported victims in these cases were female? How many were male?

4. How many of the female reported victims in these cases who were 15 or under were pregnant or had children?

5. In 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17, how many defendants in these cases were charged in relation to offences relating to forced marriages?

6. In 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17, how many of these defendants were prosecuted by the CPS?

7. Please can you disclose how many of these prosecutions resulted in defendants being found guilty of any of the offences.

Please list each offender by name, along with available details of their convictions and sentences.

8. In 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17, how many cases were investigated in relation to the specific offence of forced marriage, which was created by section 121 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and came into force in June 2014?

9. Please can you disclose the age range of the reported victims in these cases, the number of them who were aged 15 or under and the number who were male and female?

10. How many of the female reported victims in these cases who were 15 or under were pregnant or had children?

11. In 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17, how many defendants were charged in relation to this specific offence of forced marriage?

12. In 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17, how many of these defendants were prosecuted by the CPS and how many resulted in convictions?

If there were any convictions, please list each offender by name, along with available details of their convictions and sentences.

13. In 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17, how many cases were investigated in relation to breaches of forced marriage protection orders?

14. Please can you disclose the age range of the reported victims in these cases, the number of them who were aged 15 or under and the number who were male and female?

15. How many of the female reported victims in these cases who were 15 or under were pregnant or had children?

16. In 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17, how many defendants were charged in relation to breaches of forced marriage protection orders?

17. In 2014/15, 2015/16 and 2016/17, how many of these defendants were prosecuted by the CPS and how many resulted in convictions?

If there were any convictions, please list each offender by name, along with available details of their convictions and sentences.

Answer

Please see the attachment for our response to Q1,2,3,5,8,9,11 Tab 1 relates to the reports of offences which have been assigned a Force tag for ‘Forced Marriage’.  Tab 2 provides the information in respect of the ‘specific offence of forced marriage’ Home Office offence code 036/05.

In respect of Q4&10 there were no reported female victims under the age of 15 this is therefore not applicable. 

In respect of Q6,7&12, two individuals were prosecuted with offences tagged by the Force as ’forced marriage,’ one was found Guilty.  In relation to your request for the offender name, details of their convictions and sentences. Your request has been considered and I am not obliged to provide the information requested as to provide all the information together as you have asked would identify personal information.

The exemption applicable to this is Section 40(2), third party personal information. This is an Absolute exemption so therefore there is no requirement to conduct a harm or public interest test. Any information is exempt from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act if it relates to or is supplied by another individual and disclosure of that information would contravene any of the principles of the 1998 Data Protection Act, in this particular case, disclosure of this information would contravene Principles 1 and 2 of the Act, whereby personal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully and only obtained for one or more specified purpose or purposes.

In respect of Q13 – 17, there were no breaches of a forced marriage protection order.

FOI reference: 664/17.

Date of request: 19.05.17.

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