The UN Handbook sets forth minimum recommendations with regard to the duties of prosecutors in prosecuting cases of violence against women:
Where states have not created a specific offence of forced marriage, drafters should ensure that these duties are still applicable to other crimes perpetrated in the course of forcing someone to marry, such as rape, sexual crimes, kidnapping, child abduction, false imprisonment, assault, battery, threats of violence or death, breach of the peace or conduct that disrupts the public order, harassment, child abuse, blackmail, and violations of protection orders.
Tools for Prosecutors:
Presentation by Nazir Ofbal, UK Crown Prosecution Service, Presentation at the Second Annual Conference on Honor Violence and Forced Marriage (2012)
Interactive Website on Honour Based Violence and Forced Marriage (UK Crown Prosecution Service)
CPS Pilot Study on Forced Marriage and So-Called ‘Honor’ Crime—Findings (2008). Available in English.
CPS Recommendations on Future Work on Forced Marriage and So-Called “Honour” Crime (2008). Available in English.
For more information see also Justice Sector.
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