New laws introduced this week against forced marriages have been welcomed by Derbyshire Police.
Forced marriage in England and Wales is now a crime under new legislation as part of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
Detective Superintendent Andrew Stokes, head of public protection, said: “Forced marriage is often a form of domestic violence and can include physical and sexual violence,threatening behaviour and even imprisonment or abduction. The maximum sentence that forced marriage can carry is seven years imprisonment.”
Police and Crime Commissioner for the county, Alan Charles, said: “This new legislation is a very important and symbolic step forward and reflects the seriousness of this crime.
“It is by no means the end of the problem. More work is needed to increase confidence among victims and those at risk of becoming a victim, to report their experiences and seek the help they need. They need to know that support is available to them and that they will be treated with sensitivity.”