What is a forced marriage?
A forced marriage is where one or both of the people involved are forced into a marriage against their will and without their permission.
It is conducted without the consent of one or both people, and pressure or abuse is used. Lesbian, gay, bi and trans people can experience forced marriage. For example, they may experience emotional pressure to get married by being made to feel that their sexual orientation or gender identity brings shame on the family.
A new law was introduced in England and Wales in 2014, making it a criminal offence to force people into marriage. It applies if people are forced into marriage in the UK, as well as to British nationals at risk of being forced into marriage abroad.
The Forced Marriage Unit
A partnership between the Home Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Forced Marriage Unit offers advice and support to victims and to the professional supporting them. Contact them on +44 (0) 20 7008 0151 or emails firstname.lastname@example.org
Other useful sources of support
You can find LGBT-friendly solicitors and other useful contacts through Stonewall's online database What's In My Area.
For further information contact Stonewall's Information Service.