SOAS University of London

Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law

Metropolitan Police Service - National Forced Marriage Working Group

(Ongoing)

The National Forced Marriage Working Group, chaired by the Metropolitan Police Service, aims to ensure an effective response to cases of forced marriage across all Police Forces/Services in England, Wales and Scotland. Membership of the group includes MPS officers, officers from other police forces (which also fluctuates depending on the location of the meetings, which are countrywide), representatives from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, local government representatives and representatives from non-governmental organisations, such as community and outreach groups and human rights based organisations, including the CIMEL/INTERIGHTS 'Crimes of Honour' Project. The terms of reference of the Working Group include: establishing the extent of the problem; reviewing and implementing the National Police Forced Marriage Guidelines; ensuring that staff are adequately trained in order to implement the Guidelines; ensuring that incidents of forced marriage are recognised and recorded; developing a more effective multi-agency response; seeking to include forced marriage in domestic violence policies and procedures; reviewing links between forced marriage and 'crimes of honour'; and identifying and sharing good practice.

(By Sanchita Hosali, Research Assistant, CIMEL-INTERIGHTS Project on Strategies to Address 'Crimes of Honour')