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Forced Marriage


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Definition - A forced marriage is defined as a marriage conducted where consent of the bride, groom or both has been obtained through emotional pressure or physical abuse.  
 
Statistics - Most cases involve girls and women under the age of 30.  Around 85% of the cases reported to the government's Forced Marriage Unit involve women and 15% involve men

Victims with Disabilities - Children and young people with mental and physical disabilities are also vulnerable to forced marriage and cases have been reported. They may have communication difficulties and may have fewer opportunities to tell anyone what is happening to them. 

Impact - Victims may suffer mental abuse, domestic violence, abduction, unlawful imprisonment, loss of property and assets, humiliation and even rape. This violence may lead to loss of self-confidence: feelings of shame, isolation and disempowerment: a loss of educational and career opportunities: removal from the victim's family or familiar environment and in many cases self-harm.

Reasons - Forced marriage cannot be justified on religious grounds: every major faith condemns it.
A range of reasons are often used such as assisting British citizenship,  strengthening family links, controlling unwanted behaviour, family honour etc. No matter what the justifications, forced marriage is a form of abuse and breaches internationally recognised human rights standards.

The Law - Forced marriage became a criminal offence in June 2014.  Anyone forcing a person to get married can be arrested and imprisoned and sentenced up to 7 years. However victims can choose to protect themselves through civil law.  They can ask (or someone can do it on their behalf) the court to make a Forced Marriage Protection Order (FMPO), preventing a person to be forced into marriage.
 
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Asha Forced Marriage
Phone:0208 696 0023  Asha offers safe temporary accommodation for South Asian women and children fleeing domestic violence, including forced marriage.
Email:admin@asha.org.uk 
Website:www.ashaforcedmarriage.org.uk 
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Birmingham & Solihull Women's Aid
Phone:0808 800 0028  Supporting women and children affected by domestic violence, rape and sexual assault. Also have an FGM project.
Email: 
Website:www.bswaid.org 
Address:Ryland House 44-48 - Bristol Street Birmingham B5 7AA  
Birmingham and Solihull Women's Aid
Phone:0808 800 0028 (free from landlines and most mobile phones) 
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Website:www.bswaid.org 
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Forced Marriage Unit
Phone:0207 008 0151 Provide advice for forced marriage victims and can rescue victims from abroad.
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Website:www.gov.uk/forced-marriage 
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Halo Project
Phone:01642 683 045 Innovative project based in the North East of England, which supports victims of honour based violence and forced marriages by providing appropriate advice and support to victims.
Email:info@teesvalleyinclusionproject.com 
Website:www.haloproject.org.uk 
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Henna Foundation
Phone:029 2049 6920  Specializes in supporting women suffering from domestic violence, honour based violence and forced marriage.
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Website:www.hennafoundation.org 
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Iranian and Kurdish Women's Rights Organization
Phone: Landline : 0207 920 6460 (9.30am - 5pm) .. Mobile 1 : 07862 733511 (24 hours) .......... Mobile 2 : 07846 275246 (Kurdish / Arabic / Turkish)  Provide confidential advice and other support to Middle Eastern women and girls who are facing domestic violence, forced marriage, female genital mutilation and honour based violence.
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Website:www.ikwro.org.uk 
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Jan Trust (Against Forced Marriages)
Phone:0800 141 2994  Provides you with information about forced marriages and where to seek help.
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Website:www.againstforcedmarriages.org 
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Karma Nirvana
Phone:0800 5999 247 Supporting victims of honour crimes and forced marriages.
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Website:www.karmanirvana.org.uk 
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Saheli
Phone:0161 945 4187 

 Advice and Support (9am-5pm Monday to Friday)

Services include access to a refuge, support available for children, support for victims of forced marriage and has the HOSLA Women's Outreach Project.

Email:info@saheli.org.uk 
Website:www.saheli.org.uk 
Address:PO Box 44, SDO, Manchester, M20 4BJ 
Sharan
Phone:0844 504 3231 Provides support, advice and create a forum for vulnerable women, particularly of South Asian origin, who have left home forcefully or voluntarily. This could be partially or wholly as a result of disownment; potential, perceived or real threat of domestic or honour-based violence; forced intercourse and or marriage; persecution over sexual preferences; or indeed other forms of cultural conflict. 
Email:info@sharan.org.uk 
Website:www.sharan.org.uk 
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The Sky Project
Phone: 07990 625805 Actively working to reduce the number of forced marriage cases in and around Bristol.
Email:skyproject@hotmail.co.uk 
Website:www.skyproject.org.uk 
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