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Forced Marriage

Forced marriage is illegal, it can happen in secret and can also be planned by parents, family or religious leaders. It may involve physical abuse, sexual abuse or emotional abuse.

Forced marriage is not the same as arranged marriage. In an arranged marriage, people always have a choice about whether they get married or not.

If you think your life's in danger call 999

Multi-agency statutory guidance and practice guidelines: The right to choose: government guidance on forced marriage  

More information and support is available at the Forced Marriage Unit

You can also find information at Childline 

For local support and resources visit the RBSAB / RBSCP honour based abuse web page

7 Minute briefing forced marriage 

What you can do

If you are worried about someone who is at risk of forced marriage you must share this information with Rochdale Social Services or the police.

  • If you are concerned about a child, please call 0300 303 0350.
  • If you are concerned about an adult at risk, please call 0300 303 8886
  • Out of office hours please contact 0300 303 8875
  • If you feel the person is in immediate danger please contact the police on 999

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