Forced Marriage is a form of honour based violence.
This means that a couple are forced to marry without the consent of one or both parties. This is achieved by putting the victim under physical or emotional pressure. This is not the same as an arranged marriage, where both parties are free to choose to marry the person that has been selected for them.
We take reports of forced marriage very seriously and will work with other agencies to protect and support the victim.
If you believe you are going to be forced into marriage in the UK or abroad then please contact us so we can help protect you and prevent this happening.
- If you feel in immediate danger you should dial 999 immediately
- If you feel you are at risk, we would prefer to speak to you on the phone (by calling us on 101) or in person.
- If you are concerned that someone you know if going to be taken abroad and forced into marriage you can apply for a Forced Marriage Prevention Order to be made. For further details on this please visit the GOV.UK website detailing more information on applying for a Forced Marriage Prevention Order.
The following organisations can offer help and support to help deal with this very sensitive and distressing subject. Any information that you give us will always be treated with complete confidence and your family will not be contacted.
Forced Marriage Unit
A Home Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office initiative, the Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) is dedicated to preventing British nationals being forced into marriage. They deal with over 1600 reports of forced marriages a year. They will need to talk to you on the phone to work out a plan of action. Their caseworkers are fully trained to deal with the emotional, cultural and social issues surrounding forced marriage. You can contact them on the below telephone numbers:
- 020 7008 0151
- (Overseas) 0044 20 7008 0151.
Honour Network - http://www.karmanirvana.org.uk/honour-network or call 0800 5999 247
Run by charity Karma Nirvana, this helpline is staffed by survivors of honour based violence and forced marriages so they understand the issues involved and can offer you support and advice.
This organisation offers culturally specific advice, support and information to those at risk of or experiencing honour based violence or domestic abuse. They aim to empower the women and young people who use their services so that they are able to make informed choices and decisions about their future.