What is Forced Marriage?

 

A forced marriage is when someone is made to marry another person who they don’t want to. Forced marriages can happen in secret and may involve physical abuse, sexual abuse or emotional abuse.

 

Is Forced marriage the same as an Arranged marriage?

 

A forced marriage is different from an arranged marriage. In an arranged marriage, people have a choice about whether they get married or not. Arranged marriages are a cultural tradition for many people, but forced marriages are an abuse of human rights.

 Is Forced Marriage legal?

 No. Forced marriage is against the law in the UK and you have a right to say no if you are being made to marry someone who you don’t want to. 

 West Midlands Statistics

 The following statistics were issued by the Forced Marriage Unit for 2015.

 1,220 people nationally were offered support.

 165 people received support in the West Midlands.

 62% of people seeking help nationally were male.

 

What do I do if I have any concerns?

 

You can contact Childline on 0800 1111 or you can contact the NSPCC Child Protection Helpline on 0808 800 5000 or www.nspcc.org.uk 

 

Other sites that can help include:

 FMU will help you think about what your options are. Call 0207 008 0151.
The Forced Marriage Unit (FMU)

 Advice on your rights, how you can stay safe and how to get help if you are at risk of forced marriage. Call 0845 607 0133.
Freedom Charity

 

Information about forced marriage and how to report this.
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