Forced marriage and honour based violence

Meeting: 
MQT on 2018-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2018
Reference: 
2018/0177
Question By: 
Susan Hall
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Over the last three years, how many incidences of forced marriage, FGM and honour based violence were recorded by the MPS in London? What proportion of these individual cases resulted in a charge being brought?

Answer

Answer for Forced marriage and honour based violence

Answer for Forced marriage and honour based violence

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Notifiable offences flagged as Honour Based Violence and Forced Marriage and the proportion of those offences that had an outcome of Charge/Summons recorded in the last 3 Calendar years - 2015, 2016 & 2017

Notifiable Honour Violence Offences:

Notifiable Honour Violence Offences

2015

2016

2017

Grand Total

Grand Total

266

232

261

759

Charged/Summonsed

44

36

35

115

% Charged

16.5%

15.5%

13.4%

15.2%

Notifiable Forced Marriage Offences:

Notifiable Forced Marriage Offences

2015

2016

2017

Grand Total

Grand Total

71

96

98

265

Charged/Summonsed

10

7

6

23

% Charged

14.1%

7.3%

6.1%

8.7%

Victims' safety and wellbeing is paramount when investigating these offences, which are particularly challenging and sensitive. The reasons why allegations fail to progress to charge are often varied, but often include insufficiency of available evidence and/or the withdrawal of the allegation by the complainant.