A forced marriage is a marriage conducted without a valid consent of one or both parties, and some form of duress is involved.
Forced marriages are a breach of human rights and it is a criminal offence in the UK to coerce or force someone into a marriage.
Did you know that…
- In 2016, advice or support relating to a possible forced marriage was given in 1,428 cases.
- 80% of the cases involved female victims and 20% involved male victims.
- 26% of the victims were under the age of 18.
- 11% cases handled by the Forced Marriage Unit had no overseas element, with the forced marriage activity entirely taking place in the UK.
JAN Trust launched an award winning Forced Marriage campaign in 2011 and we have since provided training to thousands of participants from the community, voluntary and statutory sectors including schools, police and healthcare professionals. We are extremely proud of our awareness raising and preventative work around the issue of Forced Marriages. We provide highly credible and expert training designed to raise awareness, deconstruct myths and enable statutory and voluntary sectors to provide efficient and appropriate responses to their clients and service users concerning forced marriages. Our training is both culturally sensitive and seeks to educate on religious provisions and marriage. We have engaged and worked especially with Muslim communities in the UK on the issue of forced marriages.
Our website www.againstforcedmarriages.org provides a range of resources and updated information on Forced Marriages. Whether you are a victim, friend, practitioner or someone seeking information on forced marriage, you will find all the information needed on the website. If you have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us on the email address (below), we are happy to answer any questions you may have.
In addition to our workshop programme and informative website, we offer a free and confidential helpline (0800 141 2994) to support victims who fear they are going to be forced into a marriage or are already in one. The helpline provides victims with a listening ear without judgement, information and the provisions of the law on forced marriages. We discuss the options available to them and support them every step of the way. We provide culturally sensitive advice in English, Urdu, Hindi, Gujarati & Punjabi. The helpline can be used by practitioners who are supporting a victim or potential victims, teachers who have concerns or professionals who need advice as to what they can do.
Forced Marriage Helpline:
For advice and guidance for victims and professionals: 0800 141 2994 (Wednesday and Thursday 10.30am – 4.30pm), please leave a message if we are unable to take your call, we will endeavour to get back to you.
Email: please contact us for information, queries, options or bespoke training on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Website: for resources on forced marriages on www.againstforcedmarriages.org