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Forced marriage: your right to choose

We are supporting a campaign by the Home Office against forced marriage. 

A forced marriage is one in which either or both people involved don’t consent to the marriage.

Victims can be forced into marriage in different ways – this may include physical, psychological, financial, sexual or emotional pressure.

Sarah Norburn, domestic violence coordinator said, "In Lincolnshire we may have low recorded figures for forced marriage offences, but our community will not be immune to these issues. We must be alert to forced marriage, it is illegal in the UK – we must recognise and report it. By supporting this national campaign we hope to raise awareness and ensure that no one continues to suffer in silence." 

Read more about forced marriage.

Recognise a forced marriage

It can be hard to recognise when someone is being forced into marriage, especially when this involves psychological and emotional pressure rather than physical abuse.

For example, some victims of forced marriage are pressured by being made to feel responsible for bringing shame to their family.

Report a forced marriage

Everyone has the right to choose who they marry, when they marry or if they marry at all.

Contact the Forced Marriage Unit if:

  • you’re trying to stop a forced marriage
  • you need help leaving a marriage you’ve been forced into
  • you think you’re going to be taken abroad to be forced to marry

Contact the nearest British embassy if you have already been taken abroad.

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06 Dec 18 12:33 PM

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