Recognising abuse

Forced marriage

Forced marriage and honour based crimes are umbrella terms to encompass various offences already covered by existing legislation.  Both are a violation of human rights and may be a form of domestic and/or sexual violence.

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

Forced marriage is a violation of human rights and is contrary to UK Law, including Matrimonial Causes Act 1973.