The Right to Choose: Government Continues On-Going Work to Counter Forced Marriage08-Aug-2019
The UK Home Office is continuing its campaign to prevent, intervene or provide advice and support those that have experienced a of forced marriage.
In the majority of cases of forced marriage, the marriage does take place abroad. Forced marriages also happen in the UK, and so the Home Office are continuing their work to prevent forced marriages in the UK through their Right to Choose Campaign.
The campaign aims to reduce the number of forced marriages in the UK. It does this by challenging, empowering and inspiring communities to change perception and drive preventative action.
The key messages of the campaign are that forcing someone to marry is not always physical, but it is always against the law; and those effected should contact the Government’s forced marriage helpline.
The Campaign has a website that highlights that forced marriage is a crime; that you have the right to choose who you marry, when you marry or if you marry at all; and directs concerned parties to contact the Forced Marriage Helpline for help and support.
Working with the Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the Home Office have formed The Forced Marriage Unit (FMU). This unit leads on the Government’s forced marriage policy, outreach and casework.
The Unit operates both inside the UK (where support is provided to any individual) and abroad (where assistance is provided to British nationals via the embassy, this includes dual nationals). Their services vary from safety advice, to ‘reluctant sponsor’ cases (where they can help a individual experiencing a forced marriage prevent their unwanted spouse moving to the UK).
The Unit also has a number of free online publications, ranging from leaflets and posters to guidance; some of the material is available in various languages, and you can request more information on the campaign, by emailing the FCO at email@example.com.