Forced marriage: support
Last updated: 15 April 2019

What is forced marriage?

Forced marriage is when you face physical pressure to marry (such as threats, physical violence or sexual violence) or emotional and psychological pressure (e.g. if you're made to feel like you're bringing shame on your family).

You have the right to choose:

  • who you marry
  • when you marry
  • if you marry at all

Forced marriage is different from an arranged marriage – where families take a leading role in choosing a partner for their son or daughter and both parties give their full and free consent.

Men, women and children of all ages and backgrounds can be victims of forced marriage.

Whatever the situation, if anyone uses emotional or physical pressure to force you into a marriage or a civil partnership without your consent, this is an abuse of your human rights and against the law.

Your rights

As a victim of crime, you have rights. The Victims' Code for Scotland sets out these rights and who to contact for help and advice.

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