Home Office Forced Marriage campaign

Thursday, 28 March, 2019

The Home Office's campaign targets perpetrators, victims and bystanders to educate on what makes a forced marriage.

The aim of the campaign is to reduce the number of people forced into marriages against their will in the UK by challenging, empowering, and inspiring practising communities to change the way they perceive forced marriage and to take preventative action against this abhorrent practice.

The psychological pressure brought to bear on victims of forced marriage is the focus of the campaign to highlight the mental aspect of what remains a hidden crime.

The powerful 40-second film depicting three brides and a groom emanating sadness and dejection as a voiceover lists some of the arguments used to force people into marriage.

Highlighting the emotional pressure and psychological guilt used against victims; telling people they will bring shame on the family if they do not comply, that it is their duty and that they have no choice, are among the examples featured in the film.

A series of posters, which have been translated into Urdu, Arabic, Somali and Welsh, depict the characters from the film surrounded by the types of words and phrases often used to pressure people into forced marriage.

You can download the posters from the campaign website: https://forcedmarriage.campaign.gov.uk/

The key messages of the campaign are that forcing someone to marry is not always physical, but it is always against the law; and that victims should contact the government’s forced marriage helpline.

For help and support, contact the  Forced Marriage Helpline on 020 7008 0151 or visit gov.uk/forcedmarriage