Forced Marriage

Forced Marriage

A forced marriage is a marriage that is performed under duress and without the full and informed consent or free will of both parties.

Victims of forced marriage may be the subject of physical violence, rape, abduction, false imprisonment, enslavement, emotional abuse, and murder.

It is important not to confuse ‘forced' marriage with ‘arranged' marriage. In the instance of an ‘arranged' marriage both parties freely consent.