Forced Marriage

In a forced marriage you are coerced into marrying someone against your will. You may be physically threatened or emotionally blackmailed to do so. It is an abuse of human rights and cannot be justified on any religious or cultural basis.

 It’s not the same as an arranged marriage where you have a choice as to whether to accept the arrangement or not. The tradition of arranged marriages has operated successfully within many communities and countries for a very long time.

If you are facing the prospect of a forced marriage or know someone who is, Foreign and Commonwealth Office provides some valuable information from the Forced Marriages Unit on what to do.

If you need further advice you can contact the Student Advice Centre.