Forced Marriage

Forced marriage is where one or both people do not consent to the marriage and pressure and abuse is used.

The UK Government regards forced marriage as an abuse of human rights.

The UK Government Forced Marriage Unit tackles this behaviour as it's against the law.

Forced marriage can happen to anyone; any gender, age, disability, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.

Forced marriage is illegal and not the same as arranged marriage.

In arranged marriages, the families of both people take a leading role in arranging the marriage but the people getting married have a choice in accepting the arrangement.


The Government's website  on Forced Marriage.