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Forced Marriage Protection Orders (FMPO)
Forced Marriage Protection Orders can be obtained to protect the person who has been or is being forced into marriage. The orders are individualised according to the circumstances of the victim. The order can demand that:
- Passports and relevant travel documents are handed over
- Intimidation and violence stops
- The whereabouts of a person have to be revealed (if they are being held somewhere)
- Prevent someone being taken abroad against their will.
A FMPO can be applied for by:
- Anyone at risk of forced marriage or who has been forced into marriage
- A ‘relevant’ third party i.e. a Local Authority
- Any other person who is given permission by the court.
More information on FMPO’s can be found here, https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/714583/fl701-eng.pdf
The penalty for breaching a FMPO can result in up to a 5-year prison sentence.
Download the Government's leaflet What is Forced Marriage? Here