Skip to content

Forced Marriage – You have the right to choose

A forced marriage is one in which either or both people involved don’t consent to the marriage.

Victims can be forced into marriage in different ways – this may include physical, psychological, financial, sexual or emotional pressure.

Any marriage involving someone who lacks the capacity to give consent is a forced marriage.

Forced marriage is illegal in the UK.

Victims, potential victims and concerned parties should contact the Forced Marriage Unit Helpline on +44 (0) 20 7008 0151 for help and support. There’s more information on forced marriage and the agencies that offer support at

The Devon SCP also has more information on forced marriage.