Forced Marriage

What is a forced marriage?

A forced marriage is a marriage where one or both people do not (or in the case of some people with learning or physical disabilities, cannot) consent to the marriage and pressure or abuse is used.

An arranged marriage is not the same as a forced marriage. In an arrange marriage , the families take a leading role in choosing the marriage partner, but the choice of whether to enter the marriage is left to both people.

Forced marriage is an abuse of human rights, if you or someone you know is being forced into a marriage, help and advice is available.

The Forced Marriage Unit offers confidential support and information

You can call: (+44) (0)20 7008 0151

Between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday

Or email: fmu@fco.gov.uk

Or visit the website http://www.fco.gov.uk/forcedmarriage