Forced Marriage Unit
Contact the Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) if you’re trying to stop a forced marriage or you need help leaving a marriage you’ve been forced into.
Geographical area service coversNational
Who is the service for?All
Referral routes into service (professionals, self)Self
Risk level you supportn/a
Other relevant information
Call 999 in an emergency.
A trained professional will give you free advice on what to do next.
They can also help you:
- find a safe place to stay
- stop a UK visa if you’ve been forced to sponsor someone
Call 0207 008 0151 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Out of hours: 020 7008 1500 (ask for the Global Response Centre)
What forced marriage is
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 (for example, 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).
Force marriage offences
Forced marriage is illegal in England and Wales. This includes:
- taking someone overseas to force them to marry (whether or not the forced marriage takes place)
- marrying someone who lacks the mental capacity to consent to the marriage (whether they’re pressured to or not)