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Forced marriages

A forced marriage is when one or both people aren't given a choice about who they are going to marry or even if they want to get married at all.

A forced marriage is not the same as an arranged marriage. In an arranged marriage, families take a leading role in choosing the marriage partner, but both the bride and groom are involved in choosing their partner and have freely given their permission to marry each other. 

It is against the law to force someone to get married if they don’t want to. If the person is under 16 years old it is also child abuse.

No-one should ever be emotionally or physically forced into marrying someone they do not want to. If you are worried that this might be happening to you or someone you know, support is available. For advice, visit yourrightscotland.org or call the free 24-hour helpline on 0800 027 1234. Remember that this is not your fault and you are not alone. Do not be afraid to speak out.

Being emotionally or physically forced to marry is not only wrong but it is illegal. A campaign to raise awareness of forced marriage and help those at risk is currently running across Scotland. For information and advice visit yourrightscotland.org or call the free 24-hour helpline on 0800 027 1234.

Who to Call

If you are unhappy or worried about something speak to your teacher or an adult that you trust.

  • ChildLine0800 1111
  • Police Scotland101
  • Social Work0300 300 1199
  • Social Work (Out Of Hours)0300 343 1505
  • NSPCC Helpline0800 800 5000