Posts Tagged ‘West Yorkshire’

Boy aged eight among known potential victims of forced marriage in UK

A boy as young as eight is among scores of children feared by judges to be at risk of forced marriage as official figures reveal police are struggling to bring cases to court.

Met Commander Mak Chishty

Met Commander Mak Chishty is the national police lead for forced marriage and honour-based violence. Photograph: Linda Nylind for the Guardian

The schoolboy – thought to be one of the UK’s youngest known potential victims of forced marriage – is among 71 children, teenagers and women in West Yorkshire guarded by special court orders since 2014.

His case came to light as police figures, obtained by the Guardian, showed that only a fraction of investigations into forced marriage result in a prosecution. Many are dropped because victims are too scared to give evidence against their abuser.

In West Yorkshire, five of the 51 cases investigated since June 2014 resulted in a suspect being charged.Thirty-five of these investigations were dropped due to “evidential difficulties”, of which 16 were “victim-based” problems, the figures show.

There was a similar pattern in the West Midlands, where 19 of its 31 investigations resulted in no charges – eight because the victims did not support further action. There has been one conviction so far under a new forced marriage law introduced in June 2014.

Read More: http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/apr/20/boy-eight-among-known-potential-victims-forced-marriage-uk

People in Leeds urged to get involved in forced marriage web chat

A West Yorkshire Police boss will host a dedicated web chat discussing forced marriage.

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Mark Burns-Williamson, Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, is hosting the web chat to give members of the public the chance to talk about the issue. It will be held from 7pm to 8pm on Tuesday, March 22.

Read more: http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/latest-news/top-stories/people-in-leeds-urged-to-get-involved-in-forced-marriage-web-chat-1-7798876#ixzz435B0LevW

Female genital mutilation cases recorded every 96 seconds are ‘tip of the iceberg’

A children’s charity chief executive says the full scale of female genital mutilation in England is only now becoming clear after new figures revealed that a case was reported every 96 minutes last year.

The 5,484 instances of mutilation reported from October 2014 to September 2015 are described as just the “tip of the iceberg”, with many “unseen, unheard cases” never showing up on official statistics.

A Yorkshire police force says it has seen a significant increase in the number of female genital mutilation (FGM) cases recorded since it became mandatory for health, education and social care workers to report incidents in October.

The number of recorded cases of FGM is said to be the

The number of recorded cases of FGM is said to be the “tip of the iceberg”. Pictured posed by model.

Between 31 October 2015 and 31 January 2016, six reports have been recorded by West Yorkshire Police relating to ten children who had undergone FGM, compared with just one report before October.

Read more: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/crime/female-genital-mutilation-cases-recorded-every-96-seconds-are-tip-of-the-iceberg-1-7716938#ixzz3zIkhLin5

Law firm Makin Dixon says child sex abuse grooming ‘massive issue’ for Huddersfield

Child sexual abuse grooming is a ‘massive issue’ for Huddersfield, a law firm has said.

West Yorkshire Police launch a new campaign to prevent forced marriages

West Yorkshire law firm Makin Dixon, which has offices on Queen Street, says it has been dealing with a marked increase in cases of girls being groomed for sex by older men.

The company has been working to obtain injunctions to prevent perpetrators contacting their victims, some of whom have children to their abusers. Makin Dixon partner, Jane Campbell, says victims and their relatives have become more willing to report abuse, which also includes ‘honour’ violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation. But much of it still passes ‘under the radar’.

Ms Campbell, who works at Queen Street, says the company deals with hundreds of cases of ‘honour’ violence each year, together with about 100 cases of forced marriageacross West Yorkshire.

Read More: http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/west-yorkshire-news/child-sex-abuse-grooming-massive-8906647

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