A forced marriage is a marriage conducted without a valid consent of one or both parties, and some form of duress is involved. This could be emotional pressure - for example, a parent (s) may insist that rejection of this marriage partner would bring shame to the family; or arrangements for the marriage might be made (perhaps abroad) without the intended bride being told of the purpose of the trip.
Did you know that.....
- 86% of forced marriage victims are women
- The majority of cases of forced marriages cases encountered in the UK involve South Asian families
- 97% of those seeking help and advice regarding forced marriages were identified as Asians
- 65% of forced marriages cases in the UK involve the Pakistani community
- 25% of forced marriage cases in the UK involve the Bangladeshi community
- 7% of forced marriage cases in the UK involve the Indian community
We have recently launched a website to raise awareness of forced marriages - www.againstforcedmarriages.org The website’s aim is to support minority ethnic women on the issue of forced marriages. Whether they are in a forced marriage themselves, are worried that they or a friend might be at risk, or whether a practitioner just wants to find out more about the issue, they will find all the information needed on this website.
Simultaneously, JAN Trust is
launching its own free and confidential helpline (0800 141 2994) to support victims who are in
fear of going into a forced marriage or are already in one. The helpline provides victims with all the information they need on forced marriages, discuss
the options available to them and support them at every step of the way.
Helpline staff provide culturally sensitive advice in Urdu, Punjabi and
English. The helpline also caters to people who are worried about friends
or relatives, as well as teachers or professionals working with actual or potential
victims of forced marriages.