Forced marriage is characterized by coercion, where individuals are forced to marry against their will, under duress and/or without full, free and informed consent from both parties. Men and women of all ages, from varied cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds experience forced marriage.
A risk assessment framework has been designed to assist service providers in dealing with cases of forced marriage. It contains information which will increase the ability to recognize forced marriage and provide a reference for a consistent approach to the issue.
Due to the complex nature of forced marriage, several agencies usually work together to address all of the issues associated with each case. However, keep in mind that you may only have one chance to meet, talk and consult with someone in, or at risk of, a forced marriage, so get as many details as possible, and provide as much information and support as you can.
Risk assessment framework coming soon.