Forced marriage protection orders served in Sheffield


SHEFFIELD: Last week Temporary Detective Sergeant Tom Bishop and Investigating Officer Amy Todd from Sheffield’s Child Abuse Investigation Unit obtained Forced Marriage Protection Order’s (FMPOs) for three females identified as being potential victims of forced marriage.
On Friday (6 April), officers presented the details of the case before a judge at Sheffield Family Court, whom upon hearing the circumstances and potential risks posed to the females granted the protection orders. Officers made the application following a report from a member of the local authority who had raised concerns for the safety of three females who were suspected as becoming victims of forced marriage. Based on these concerns officers began investigating and implementing safeguarding measures to prevent the females from becoming victims of this illegal cultural practice, or from being taken out of the UK for this to happen.
Force lead for Honour Based Abused and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Temporary Detective Inspector Suzanne Jackson, has commented on the effectiveness of the protection orders. She said: “FMPOs are a powerful and effective method of prevention that enable us to protect victims and potential victims of honour based abuse. If you have any concerns in relation to forced marriage or FGM please contact either police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. You can also get support and information from third party support centres such as Ashiana on 0114 255 5740 and Karma Nirvana 0800 5999 247.