About this website

endforcedmarriages.ca is a part of a project entitled “Enhancing Community Capacity to Respond to and
Prevent Forced Marriage.” This project is a Department of Justice Canada funded initiative. In
partnership with EVA BC, MOSAIC has led the initiative to increase awareness of the issue of forced
marriage in the community and enhance the capacity of service to individuals facing situations of forced
marriage.

The findings from our literature review, online survey, key informant interviews and focus groups were
used to inform the development of a risk assessment framework. Ultimately, MOSAIC and EVA BC
contribute to new and innovative approaches to thinking about and responding to violence against
women with the provision of this risk assessment framework. It will assist service providers in dealing
with cases of forced marriage, facilitate open discussion with different stakeholders, including men and
women, and raise awareness of the issue in the community.

The objective of the website is to disseminate the risk assessment framework widely amongst service
providers who might come across cases of forced marriage. In addition, the website provides
information on support services and protective practices (i.e. safety planning and going abroad) to assist
in empowering those who may be facing forced marriage and individuals who may know someone
facing forced marriage.

This project is supported by many individuals representing diverse community, justice related and antiviolence
services. The following agencies are represented on the Steering Committee:

BC Society of Transition Houses

Lehal Law

Ministry of Children and Family Development

Ministry of Justice – Victim Services & Crime Prevention Division

BC RCMP – Crime Prevention Services Division

Vancouver Police Department (VPD)

In addition, Dialogue Consulting has been utilized to maximize the project’s impacts with a participatory approach to evaluation.

A project evaluation will be made available for download when completed.