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Frequently asked questions - I need help

Frequently asked questions - I need help

If you are experiencing or afraid that you are at risk of Honour based Violence or Forced Marriage, there are people that you can speak to who will be able to provide you with help and support, in confidence.

Honour based violence is serious. It is based upon cultural perceptions of individuals bringing 'shame' or 'dishonour' on individuals, a family or the wider community. Forced Marriage or Domestic Abuse are forms of honour based violence.

Is forced marriage against the law?

Yes. It is a criminal offence for someone to be taken abroad and forced into a marriage.

What is a Forced Marriage Protection Order?

A Forced Marriage Protection Order (FMPO) is a type of injunction (court order) which can stop the person(s) forcing you to marry from doing certain things such as making marriage arrangements or using threatening behaviour.

I am being forced to marry, what shall I do?

If you are being forced to marry someone you don't want to, you may feel like you have no control.

How is honour based violence different from domestic violence?

Domestic Violence is a form of honour based violence (HBV), but the key difference is the number of people involved and the level of involvement of wider family and community.

For advice or non emergency assistance call the Forced Marriage Unit Helpline:

From the UK:

020 7008 0151

(Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)

From overseas:

+44 (0)20 7008 0151

(Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)

Out of hours:

020 7008 1500

(Ask for the Global Response Centre)

(Calls are charged at the standard rate for landline and mobiles may vary. Calls from payphones can cost more)


About Live Fear Free

Live Fear Free is a Welsh Government website, providing information and advice for those suffering with violence against women, domestic abuse and sexual violence.

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