Victims of forced marriages in England and Wales are to be given anonymity for life under amendments to the policing and crime bill.

The new government measure, modelled on the anonymity order introduced last year for victims of female genital mutilation (FGM), will apply to victims from the time an allegation of forced marriage is made.

It means any publication or broadcast of information likely to result in identification of a victim to the public will be prohibited in traditional print and broadcast media, as well as social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

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