Being forced to marry, whether it’s through physical or emotional pressure, is abuse.
The important thing to remember is that you are not alone. Help is available for you and to support individuals within a forced marriage. If someone discloses that a marriage is being forced on them, you can assist by referring them to appropriate services and by offering non-judgemental and empathetic support.
You are not wrong for making the brave decision to stand against forced marriage. Everyone has the right to live in safety and make their own decisions.
An anti-violence agency may be able to assist you:
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If there is an emergency situation, immediately call 911 for assistance.
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