Visit resources for community partners that are able to provide support.
- Try to establish a safe way to communicate with others (telephone, email, texting, through a friend/family member etc.).
- Find a safe environment. Talk to someone you trust and think of individuals who may be able to provide you with help. Seek the assistance of community service providers for legal questions, housing, counseling, health services and additional supports. Be discrete when contacting others for help, if personal safety may be an issue.
- Learn your rights. Many actions involved in forced marriages are criminally actionable. This includes the use of violence, threats of violence and forcible confinement. In family law, any marriage conducted without the full and free consent of both parties is not a valid marriage.
Gain an understanding of the law through contacting a community legal clinic.
- If an individual is under the age of 19 community service providers must report abuse to the
Ministry of Children and Family Development.
- If you are contacted by a person under threat, attempt to collect as much information as
possible, including age, nationality, birth date/place of birth, passport details, school details,
employment, name and address of parents/caregivers and names of family/friends that can be