Forced Marriage

A forced marriage is where one or both people do not (or in case of people with learning disabilities, cannot) consent to the marriage, and pressure or abuse is used. It is an appaling and indefensible  practice, and is recognised in the UK as a form of violence against women & men, domestic/child abuse and a serious abuse of human rights.

The pressure put on people to marry against their wil can be physical (including threats, actual physical violence and sexual violence) or emotional and psychological. For example, when someone is made to feel like they're bringing shame on their family. Financial abuse (taking your wages or not giving you any money) can also be a factor.

It is estimated that approximately 8,000 to 10,000 forced marriages of British citizens take place every year often resulting to devastating long-term consequences to the victims.

Available resources:

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Safeguarding Boards are working together to provide joint guidance and resources for professionals. By doing so, we will minimise confusion for the staff and maximise the range & depth of the resources available. All shared resources for parents & carers can be found at:

Materials specifically relevant to Cambridgeshire's needs and context can be found in this section.