Forced Marriage

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What is forced marriage?

A forced marriage is when you feel that you cannot say ‘no’ to the marriage. Both men and women, of different ages, communities and backgrounds can be victims of a forced marriage. You may face physical pressure to marry (e.g. threats, physical violence or sexual violence) and/or emotional and psychological pressure (e.g. if you’re made to feel like you’re bringing shame on the family).

A forced marriage is not the same as an arranged marriage. An arranged marriage is when the families are involved in helping to choose the marriage partner, but it is the choice of both the bride and groom whether they want to get married or not. A forced marriage is when they have no choice or feel that they have no choice.

Forced marriage is illegal in England and Wales. This includes:

  • conducting a marriage without the valid consent of one or both parties
  • taking someone overseas to force them to marry (whether or not the forced marriage takes place)
  • marrying someone who lacks the mental capacity to consent to the marriage (whether they’re pressured to or not)

Places for support and information:

The Forced Marriage Unit (FMU)

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Offers crisis support and safe temporary supported housing to women and children experiencing domestic abuse.
0117 925 0680

The Sky Project

Based in Bristol, the Sky Project provides information and support for professionals, communities and individuals on issues around forced marriage.

Forced marriage abroad

Contact the FMU if you think you’re about to be taken abroad to get married against your will.

Contact the nearest British embassy if you’re already abroad.

Want to talk?

Women and girls

0808 801 0456

Monday & Friday
11.00am – 2.00pm
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 6.00pm – 8:30pm

Men and boys

0808 801 0464

Monday 11.00am – 2.00pm
Tuesday 6.00pm – 8:30pm

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