Forced Marriage is where one or both people do not consent to the marriage. The pressure put on people to marry against their will can be physical (including threats, actual physical violence and sexual violence) or emotional and psychological. Individuals can be made to feel as though they are bringing shame on the family. Financial pressure can also be a factor.
It is a criminal offence to force someone to marry against their will.
You may see:
- Family discord, disturbances.
- Anxious, depressed and emotionally withdrawn behaviour.
- Work / schools may notice that individuals have poor attendance and are constantly chapperoned, subject to cash controls by others. Sudden poor performance and attendance may also be a sign.
- Failure of individuals to return from a visit to another country.
- Early, unwanted pregnancy.
- Do not approach the victim’s family or community or religious leaders in an attempt to mediate.
- Do not share information with any other body without consent of the victim.
- Do not record information on any unrestricted system which may indicate the whereabouts of the victim.
If you are concerned that a child or young person is at risk from a forced marriage you should contact either the Police 101, Rotherham's Safeguarding Team on (01709) 823987 or our school's Safeguarding Team on (01709) 760222.
You can find more information at the links below;
Telephone 0800 1111
Telephone 0808 800 5000
Telephone the non-emergency number 101
Crimestoppers 0800 555 111
Rotherham Sexual Exploitation Helpline
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Telephone 0800 731 9256