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Forced marriage

A forced marriage is a marriage that takes place without the full and free consent of both parties.

‘Force’ in this context can include physical force. And may include coercion by threats, or other psychological means.

Any person may be forced into marriage. This includes people of all ages, genders, ethnicities and religions.

Forced marriage is a form of domestic abuse. It is illegal in the UK.

Someone who has been, or are at risk of being, forced into marriage can seek protection through court orders. These orders are called ‘forced marriage protection orders’. The order imposes restrictions to stop the marriage from taking place.  One example is a court making an order that a passport is taken so someone cannot be forced to travel overseas to be married.

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