allegations on release. Where we had the individual¶s permission, we raisedthe allegations with foreign authorities, often repeatedly, although theresponses frequently remained inadequate. We will continue to approachforeign authorities if British nationals are not treated in line with internationallyaccepted standards.
Forced marriage is a form of domestic abuse and, where it affects children,child abuse. The Forced Marriage Unit ± a joint initiative of the FCO and theHome Office ± leads the Government¶s work to tackle forced marriage,helping British nationals who are in difficulty abroad and supporting victims of any nationality in the UK.In 2010, the unit provided help and support in 1,735 cases of potential or actual forced marriage. In many of these cases the unit helped people accessappropriate support from other agencies. The unit, working with our embassies and high commissions, directly helped victims to escape forcedmarriages in 240 cases. Often this involved visiting victims overseas and, if requested, helping them make arrangements to return to the UK. One 17 -year-oldgirl was rescued, with help from the local authorities, from a remotearea in South Asia where she was being held against her will, abused andforced into marriage. Our consular team in the High Commission arrangedsafe accommodation for her and a flight back to the UK, where she was metby social services and the police. With assistance she has taken out a ForcedMarriage Protection Order and started to rebuild her life. We also helped 229people who had been forced into marriage and were subsequently beingcoerced into sponsoring a visa for their spouse.People at risk of forced marriage may only have one chance to ask for help,which means that all practitioners need to be able to spot the warning signsand know what to do. We launched an interactive e-learning package in2010, strengthening the multi-agency response to forced marriage byenabling a wide range of frontline practitioners to access tr aining. We also