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Forced Marriage Unit

What is a Forced Marriage?

A forced marriage is a marriage where one or both people do not consent to the marriage and pressure or abuse is used.

The pressure put on people to marry against their will may be:

  • Physical – for example, threats, physical violence or sexual violence
  • Emotional and psychological – for example, making someone feel like they are bringing ‘shame’ on their family
  • Financial abuse - for example taking someone’s wages, may also be a factor.

How the Forced Marriage Unit Can Help

The Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) operates both inside the UK and overseas.  The FMU operates a public helpline to provide advice and support to victims of forced marriage as well as professionals dealing with cases.  The assistance provided ranges from safety advice to preventing and unwanted spouse moving to the UK.  In extreme cases the FMU will assist with rescues of victims held against their will overseas.

Please visit the Forced Marriage Unit page on the website for further information.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Forced Marriage Unit
020 7008 0151
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Time / Date Details

When is it on
The helpline is open 10am - 4pm, Monday - Friday

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