What is a forced marriage?

A forced marriage is where one or both people do not or cannot consent to the marriage, and pressure or abuse is used to force them into marriage.


What is a forced marriage?

What is a forced marriage? (print ready)

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Forced marriage is illegal in the UK. It is:

  • a serious abuse of human rights
  • a form of violence against women and men
  • child abuse, where it affects children
  • abuse of vulnerable people, where it affects those with disabilities

If you or someone you know is being forced into a marriage, help and advice is available.

Published 31 January 2013
Last updated 20 April 2020 + show all updates
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