Wrapping up a two-year Forced Marriage project: Insights for Service Providers and Advancing Support

April 2014 marked the beginning of the two-year Enhancing Community Capacity to Respond to and Prevent Forced Marriage Project. The MOSAIC has led this project in partnership with EVA BC, funded by the Department of Justice. The objective of the project was to increase the capacity of frontline service providers to recognize the signs of forced marriage, provide a framework for response and to increase the visibility of the issue to educate stakeholders and the wider community. To meet these objectives, posters, brochures, a website (endforcedmarriages.ca), pilot training and a risk assessment framework were developed.

Awareness and capacity to respond to cases remains minimal in various sectors in BC and across Canada. While the risk assessment can be used as a guide for awareness and training, efforts need to be made to ensure that information continues to be disseminated and incorporated into practice by qualified individuals. The project reached its completion at the end of March, 2016. On April 13th, 2016 project staff, steering committee members and external stakeholders including representatives from diverse community, justice related, settlement and anti-violence services gathered to discuss outcomes and further prospects for advancing support to individuals impacted by forced marriage.