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The Forced Marriage unit has released new figures showing young people aged between 16 and 25 are most at risk of being forced into marriage.
Home Office Minister for Crime Prevention, Jeremy Browne, said:
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister for Consular Policy has called forced marriage an "appalling and indefensible practice".
New figures released today show that young people are more at risk of being forced into marriage.
Young people aged between 16 and 25 are most at risk of being forced into marriage, new research has found.
Today, in connection with Freedom Charity, a smartphone app will be launched, designed to provide information about forced marriage with links to where potential victims can get help.
- In 2012 there were 1485 instances where the Forced Marriage Unit gave advice or support related to a possible forced marriage
- There were 114 instances involving those with disabilities, and 22 instances involving victims who identified themselves as LGBT
- Of the 1485 instances, 82 per cent were female and 18 per cent were male