Forced Marriage

The cases of forced marriage in the UK have been rising steadily over the years, which has led to this particular topic of the month. But what exactly is a forced marriage?

A forced marriage is where one or both people do not (or in cases of people with learning disabilities, cannot) consent to the marriage and pressure or abuse is used.

Statistics from the Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) for 2018 show a total of 1,764 cases of forced marriage, a rise of 47% (568 cases) since 2017, which is a daunting prospect, and this is only statistics from those that rang or emailed the FMU for advice or support – there may be many more instances in the UK which are not recorded at all. 

The question here is: is forced marriage is becoming more common? Or are there just more people that are finally aware of how to seek help and have decided to action?

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