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Forced marriage support now offered

Police in Lancashire are encouraging victims of forced marriage to come forward on the first anniversary of legislation aimed at protecting them.

A new law came into force in November 2008 and means those who are convicted of forcing someone into marriage can be jailed for up to two years. Lancashire police have specialist teams dealing with the issue, which handle about five inquiries a week.

Police said victims are gaining confidence about speaking out. Police in Lancashire work with health services, the county's domestic violence partnership, social services and teachers to help victims.

Contributed by: Our Special Correspondent
City: Oxford
Country: England
Date: March 24, 2010