What is forced marriage
You have the right to choose who you marry, when you marry or if you marry at all. Forced marriage is when you face physical pressure to marry (eg threats, physical violence or sexual violence) or emotional and psychological pressure (eg if you’re made to feel like you’re bringing shame on your family).
You may be surprised that Suffolk has previously taken out 6 Forced Marriage Protection Orders covering 8 young people to prevent them being married against their will. Two orders were for students with learning disabilities (they did not have capacity to consent) and four orders were for a 15, 16, 17 & 18 year old.
General Advice and Information
If you, or someone you know, would like to speak to someone about forced marriage or female genital mutilation, then contact Bal Howard, Suffolk Police’s dedicated Honour Based Abuse Projects Officer. Bal has a wealth of experience and is able to offer advice and expert in these sensitive cases. Contact her at Suffolk Police on 101.
I didn’t want to get married, but felt pressure from my family
Don’t want to get married, but I’ll do it anyway, that is what my family want and its part of my culture & tradition
My mum said her health wasn’t good and she wanted to see me married – so I did it!
I want to marry my boyfriend/girlfriend, not one of my cousins or a stranger
In an emergency always call 999.
Suffolk is working hard to keep you safe. All we need is for you to ask for help.