Forced Marriage

‘Remember that if you’re being forced into marrying someone you don’t want to, this is wrong and it’s also against the law. It can feel like you have no control, but it’s important to think about your future, your safety and what a forced marriage would be like for you.

It’s possible that your parents or family would force you to marry because they think it’s the best thing for you. This doesn’t make things okay and you can get help to stop this from happening.

You might love your parents but might also feel unsure about why you’re being forced to marry. You might be told that you’re bringing shame on your family if you don’t marry. Your parents might even say that they’ll disown you. This is emotional abuse.

If you can’t talk to your parents, maybe you can think of another adult who you trust, like a family member, teacher or school nurse. It’s important to let someone know as quickly as possible so that you can be safe and get help’ Childline


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