Police failing to protect victims of ‘honour-based’ violence, finds study – The Guardian

Posted December 8th, 2015 in female genital mutilation, forced marriages, murder, news, police, reports, victims by sally

‘Police are not doing enough to protect victims of “honour-based” violence (HBV), forced marriage and female genital mutilation, according to a report by the police watchdog.’

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The Guardian, 8th December 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Schoolgirls need protection from forced marriage, Ofsted warned – The Guardian

‘The founder of a charity that offers helplines and refuge to women escaping from forced marriages has called on Ofsted inspectors to focus on the issue when visiting schools where girls may be at risk.’

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The Guardian, 26th September 2015

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Criminalising forced marriage fails to protect girls – The Guardian

Posted September 23rd, 2015 in domestic violence, forced marriages, news, prosecutions by sally

‘The law makes forced marriage a criminal offence, but who protects the young victims who bring dishonour on their family by going to the police when they return home?’

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The Guardian, 22nd September 2015

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UK parents to get power to cancel children’s passports over Isis fears – The Guardian

‘Parents worried that their children may be about to travel to Syria or Iraq to join Islamic State (Isis) will be able to apply for their child’s passport to be cancelled, David Cameron has announced in a speech setting out his five-year counter-extremism strategy.’

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The Guardian, 20th July 2015

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‘Honour crime’: 11,000 UK cases recorded in five years – BBC News

Posted July 9th, 2015 in female genital mutilation, forced marriages, news, reports, statistics by sally

‘More than 11,000 cases of so-called honour crime were recorded by UK police forces from 2010-14, new figures show.’

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BBC News, 9th July 2015

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Father jailed for forcing 14-year-old daughter to marry 30-year-old in Manchester who sexually abused her – The Independent

Posted July 1st, 2015 in children, forced marriages, news, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

‘A father has been jailed for forcing his daughter to marry a 30-year-old man on her 14th birthday.’

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The Independent, 1st July 2015

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Forced marriage jail first as Cardiff man sentenced – BBC News

Posted June 11th, 2015 in bigamy, forced marriages, news, rape, sentencing, voyeurism by sally

‘A 34-year-old Cardiff man has become the first person in the UK to be prosecuted under forced marriage laws introduced a year ago.’

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BBC News, 10th June 2015

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Phasing in new legislation – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The major piece of criminal law legislation for 2014 is the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act. It has been brought gradually into force throughout the year.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 3rd November 2014

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Domestic Violence Update – the latest developments practitioners need to know about – Family Law Week

‘Mandip Ghai, solicitor and legal officer, with Rights of Women, updates practitioners on developments in the prevention of domestic violence.’

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Family Law Week, 11th September 2014

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Family system ‘woefully behind’ in treatment of vulnerable – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Family judges are to receive guidance on dealing more appropriately with children and other vulnerable witnesses.
The interim report of a working group set up by Sir James Munby, head of the Family Division, says the family system ‘lags woefully behind’ the criminal justice system in this regard.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 13th August 2014

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Home Secretary speech at Girl Summit 2014 – Home Office

Posted July 25th, 2014 in child abuse, female genital mutilation, forced marriages, speeches by tracey

‘Speech given by Home Secretary Theresa May on 22 July 2014 at the Girl Summit.’

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Home Office, 22nd July 2014

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Criminalising Forced Marriage – The Deterrent Effect – Family Law Week

Posted June 27th, 2014 in crime, families, forced marriages, marriage, news, prosecutions, victims by tracey

‘Danish Ameen, barrister of 18 St John Street Chambers, considers the impact of the criminalisation of forced marriage which came into effect on the 16th June 2014.’

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Family Law Week, 26th June 2014

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Forced marriage outlawed as ministers step up efforts to curb practice – The Guardian

Posted June 16th, 2014 in children, forced marriages, news, prosecutions by sally

‘Forced marriage is “a tragedy for each and every victim”, home secretary Theresa May said as a new law outlawing the practice came into effect.’

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The Guardian, 16th June 2014

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Finance and Divorce Update – Family Law Week

‘Jessica Craigs, senior solicitor, and David Salter, Joint Head of Family Law, both of Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the financial remedies and divorce news and cases published in April.’

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Family Law Week, 17th May 2014

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Forced marriage a problem for all religious minority communities in Britain – The Independent

Posted May 7th, 2014 in forced marriages, minorities, news by sally

‘Forced marriage is not confined to Britain’s Muslim communities but exists among all minority groups, the head of a commission into the issue has said.’

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The Independent, 6th May 2014

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Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014

Posted March 14th, 2014 in ASBOs, courts, criminal justice, dogs, forced marriages, legislation, police, repossession by tracey

Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 published

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Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Forced marriage and the “lawfully wedded” wife – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted November 26th, 2013 in bills, forced marriages, news by tracey

‘Today, on the 32nd International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill reaches the Committee stage of the House of Lords. The Bill introduces a raft of measures covering matters as diverse as dangerous dogs, extradition proceedings, firearms and, tucked away in Part 10, forced marriage. Forced marriage is to be criminalised. “Was it not already?”, you may ask.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 25th November 2013

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

New police anti-terror powers could be unlawful, say MPs – The Independent

“Intrusive anti-terrorism powers that give police the right to detain travellers for up to six hours without suspicion, as well as download data from their phones and laptops, are unlawful, a group of MPs has warned.”

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The Independent, 11th October 2013

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Finance and Divorce September 2013 Update – Family Law Week

“Jessica Craigs, senior solicitor and David Salter, Joint Head of Family Law at Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the financial remedies and divorce news and cases published in August.”

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Family Law Week, 11th September 2013

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Sikh woman asks court not to annul marriage to mentally disabled man – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 7th, 2013 in consent, forced marriages, local government, mental health, news, Sikhism by sally

“A woman who was subjected to an arranged marriage with a man who has severe mental disabilities begged a High Court judge not to annul the union because it would consign her to permanent spinsterhood and ostracism by the Sikh community.”

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Daily Telegraph, 6th August 2013

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk