Forcing someone to marry against their will is a crime and anyone found guilty can face up to seven years in prison.
Unlike an arranged marriage, where the prospective spouses may choose whether or not they wish to accept the partnership, a forced marriage is when one or both spouses do not consent to the marriage, or consent is extracted through duress.
Forced Marriage Protection Orders
Forced Marriage Protection Orders are issued to protect and prevent people being married against their own wishes and can also provide help if you are already in a forced marriage. The court can make an order straightaway to protect anybody that is in danger.
How to report forced marriage
If you or someone you know is being forced into marriage, either in the United Kingdom or abroad, always call 999 in an emergency when a crime is in progress or life in danger. In a non-emergency, call 101. They can provide confidential support and information. You can report a forced marriage in confidence and anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Support agencies and further advice
United Against Violence and Abuse
0808 802 0028
For victims in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland
Karma Nivana - 0800 5999 247