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Forced Marriages: Victim Support Schemes

Volume 495: debated on Tuesday 30 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what support services his Department funds in each local authority area for victims of forced marriage; and if he will make a statement; (282249)

(2) what proportion of his Department's budget for 2009-10 is allocated for support for the victims of forced marriage.

Following a successful pilot in 2008, the joint Home Office/Foreign and Commonwealth Office Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) has allocated £84,000 to its Domestic Programme fund for 2009-10. Specialist organisations were invited in early June to apply for funds for project activities which support delivery of the FMUs 2009 and 2010 action plan. The Unit also separately funds support and awareness raising activity overseas, including in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.

The Home Office has also allocated a total of £3.5 million to the nine Government Offices for the regions and the Welsh Assembly for 2009-10 to support local initiatives to tackle domestic violence. A number of regions have chosen to allocate specific funding to local initiatives tackling forced marriage in their areas.