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Forced Marriage is a marriage in which one or both spouses do not (or, in the case of some adults with disabilities, cannot) consent to the marriage and duress is involved. Duress can include physical, psychological, financial, sexual and emotional pressure.

A forced marriage is different from an arranged marriage. In an arranged marriage the families are involved in finding the partners, but the spouses still have a choice about whether the marriage goes ahead. Consent is a prerequisite to Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Jewish marriages.

Forced marriage is violation of human rights, as well as a form of domestic violence.

The Forced Marriage Unit have produced a handbook for survivors.

For more information about forced marriage and the law, Rights of Women have created a number of fact sheets.


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