Forced Marriage

Forced Marriage Campaign

Forced Marriage Campaign

Arranged marriages are a part of everyday life in Scotland for many communities.  But being forced to marry is wrong.


Every human being has the right to choose their own partner.  And Scottish law now supports that right.  You can take out a Forced Marriage Protection Order to legally prevent anybody from forcing you to marry against your will. 

So if the threat or the reality of forced marriage is causing you or somebody you know either emotional or physical distress, help is at hand.   For advice, support and protection, call 0800 027 1234 (free Phone Line) in complete confidence or visit

Support and help is also available from Shakti Women’s Aid or from Fife Domestic and Sexual Abuse Partnership on 01592 583690.  If you are a Practitioner, a Forced Marriage Practitioner's Guide is available to clarify roles and responsibilities.  Watch Azim's story, Jess's story and Nayana's story

Easy Read Forced Marriage information is available in Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, English, Indian Punjabi, Pakistani Punjabi, Polish andUrdu. unites the Scottish Muslim Community and friends against all forms of violence against women.   

Multi-agency guidelines have been published by the Scottish Government for practitioners supporting people affected by forced marriage.  The Scottish Government's Statutory Guidance, Forced Marriage Legislation Overview Information pack  and Forced Marriage Learning Resource are also available to download.  

The booklets What is Forced Marriage?, the Forced Marriage Survivors Handbook, and What is Forced Marriage? LGBT  from the Forced Marriage Unit are available to download from this page. 


The Mental Welfare Commission have produced Working with an interpreter as a toolkit for people who need to use,or who provide, interpreting or translation services in a mental health setting, such as a meeting with a psychiatric nurse in hospital or in someone’s home. 








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