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Criminalising forced marriage 30/09/2014 New legislation is now in force making it a criminal offence to force someone into marriage in Scotland.

Criminalising forced marriage

New legislation is now in force making it a criminal offence to force someone into marriage in Scotland. The new offence sits alongside the existing Forced Marriage Protection Orders, which offer protection for both men and women who are affected by forced marriage.

“Criminalising forced marriage gives an additional layer of protection for those affected by this issue and the new offence demonstrates that we are committed to meeting our international obligations and ensures consistency of protection across Scotland and the rest of the UK,” said Cabinet Secretary for Equalities Shona Robison.

“As well as the new criminal law, we will shortly, with our partners, publish guidance for practitioners on responding to reports of forced marriage,” she explained. “A range of awareness raising materials will also be published to coincide with commencement and we have also funded a programme of multi-agency training which will take place over 2014/2015.”

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