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Region's police forces 'not prepared' to deal with forced marriage

A damning report into honour based violence and forced marriage across the region has concluded that our police forces are unprepared to deal with the problem.

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary says victims are not getting enough help.

HM Inspector of Constabulary Wendy Williams said: "Honour-based violence is being suffered on a daily basis by blameless citizens across all areas and communities.

"The immense emotional difficulty victims have in reporting the crimes they have suffered mean that victims are acutely and continually vulnerable.

"Although initial responses by the police are good, only a small number of forces are well-prepared for the complexity that honour-based violence cases can pose.

"It is clear that the police service has some way to go before the public can be confident that honour-based violence is properly understood by the police, and that potential and actual victims are adequately and effectively protected."

The way police deal with forced marriage has been criticised. Credit: ITV News Anglia