Forced Marriage

Forced marriage and arranged marriage are different things.  An arranged marriage is coordinated by a third party but both people are willing to enter the marriage.

A forced marriage is where one or both people do not (or in cases of people with learning disabilities, cannot) consent to the marriage and pressure or abuse is used. It is an appalling and indefensible practice and is recognised in the UK as a form of violence against women and men, domestic/child abuse and a serious abuse of human rights.

The pressure put on people to marry against their will can be physical (including threats, actual physical violence and sexual violence) or emotional and psychological (for example, when someone is made to feel like they’re bringing shame on their family). Financial abuse (taking your wages or not giving you any money) can also be a factor.


Support Organisations
Karma Nirvana 0800 5999 247
Our Girl is a national awareness campaign around Forced Marriage.  You can visit the website at www.ourgirl.co.uk
You can also contact the UK Government Forced Marriage Unit 020 7008 0151 https://www.gov.uk/stop-forced-marriage