The Forced Marriage Unit defines a forced marriage as:
- Is one where people are coerced into a marriage against their will;
- Involves duress – physical, emotional or financial;
- Is an abuse of human rights;
- Cannot be justified on any religious or cultural basis;
- Is not an arranged marriage. In an arranged marriage, individuals 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.
A national helpline for victims of forced marriage and so-called honour violence. The phoneline – named the Honour Network is staffed by survivors and currently is open from 9.00 in the morning to 9.00 in the evening.
The contact number for the phoneline is: 0800 5999247.
If you are a victim of forced marriage or are a professional wanting more information contact:
Tel: 020 7008 0151 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
All calls will be dealt with on a totally confidential basis by skilled caseworkers fully aware of the cultural, social and emotional issues surrounding this abuse.
For practical information and sources of advice and help on forced marriage, visit:
07/02/2008 Nottinghamshire Domestic Violence Forum