A forced marriage is where one or both people do not (or in cases of people with learning disabilities, cannot) consent to the marriage and pressure or abuse is used. It is an appalling and indefensible practice and is recognised in the UK as a form of violence against women and men, domestic/child abuse and a serious abuse of human rights.
The pressure put on people to marry against their will can be physical (including threats, actual physical violence and sexual violence) or emotional and psychological (for example, when someone is made to feel like they’re bringing shame on their family). Financial abuse (taking your wages or not giving you any money) can also be a factor.
Right to Choose - Raising awareness is the first step.
Virtual College has worked with the Forced Marriage Unit of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Home Office to create the free online course 'Awareness of Forced Marriage'. It aims to raise awareness, challenge perceptions and inform you of the correct actions to take should you suspect someone is at risk.
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