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Frequently asked questions - Someone I know needs help

Frequently asked questions - Someone I know needs help

If you know someone who is experiencing or is at risk of Honour based Violence or Forced Marriage, there are things that you can do to help and people that will be able to provide you with advice 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.

Someone I know is at risk of Forced marriage what should I do?

It is important that you act on your instincts and seek help. If it is an Emergency – dial 999.

Signs and Indicators of HBV and FM

It is unlikely that an individual (particularly children and young people) will make friends, acquaintances or professionals aware that they are in either a forced marriage or suffering from ‘honour’ based violence (HBV).

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.

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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