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Breaching a FMPO is punishable by up to five years in prison.
This recognises that allowing the family courts to issue FMPOs to prevent forced marriages from taking place has provided protection to those facing forced marriage.
Under an Australian regime of FMPOs the courts could be empowered to make a suite of orders, including orders to: stop intimidation and violence, prevent forced marriage from occurring, stop someone from being taken abroad, confiscate all passports where there is dual nationality, prevent applications for new passports, oblige someone to attend court and reveal the whereabouts of a person, and facilitate or enable a person to return to Australia by a certain date.
But the experience in the UK illustrates that FMPOs can operate to protect vulnerable people who are facing forced marriage abroad.
(135) See, eg, FMCPA s 63B, which provides for the content of FMPOs.
If a person who is subject to a FMPO breaches its terms, that person may be arrested (118) and the breach may constitute a contempt of court.
"If it wasn't for the FMPO I am sure she would be married by now and living abroad for the rest of her life."
It enables Family Courts to make FMPOs to protect potential victims by forcing their families to hand over their passports, stop intimidation or violence and reveal their whereabouts.
Det Sgt Bird believes the Act and FMPOs are the key to combating the cultural practice which is common in some Muslim and Asian and even traveller communities.
She also told how officers are now using new powers, known as Forced Marriage Protection Orders (FMPO), to save the most vulnerable victims from violent attacks - usually from their own relatives.
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