Judith Pepper, 4 Brick Court Chambers
Judith Pepper goes behind the headlines and explores developments in forced marriage, asking the question: is enough being done? Forced marriage is perceived as a hidden crime, and being provided with an accurate figure of those affected is difficult to achieve. Legislation has changed greatly in this area in recent years, however there are few successful prosecutions. The article examines the response from the CPS and police, and questions whether sufficient support is provided to victims. It explores the response from the courts and considers the limits of the law in this area. It is apparent that key issues are repeated in consultations, and there is still some distance to travel before forced marriage is no longer present in the twenty first century.
The full article will be published in the November issue of Family Law.