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Forced marriage

Forced marriage is a marriage in which one or both of the parties is married without his or her consent or against his or her will.

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 or 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.

A forced marriage differs from an arranged marriage, in which both parties consent to the assistance of their parents or a third party (such as a matchmaker) in identifying a spouse.

GOV.UK Contact the Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) if you’re trying to stop a forced marriage or you need help leaving a marriage you’ve been forced into. Call their helpline on 020 7008 0151 or +44 (0)20 7008 0151. In an emergency call 999.

Muslim Womens Network with information on forced marriage, who is affected, what is the legal position and what is Islam's view on forced marriages. 

LBBD a local directory for information and support with sexual violence, FGM and forced marriages.

Karma Nirvana is a British Human Rights charity, providing support and training to help prevent forced marriages and honour based abuse within the UK

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