What is VAWG?

About VAWG and the different types of violence and abuse.

Forced marriage

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A forced marriage is a marriage in which one or both spouses do not (or, in the case of some adults with learning or physical disabilities, or those under the age of 18, cannot) consent to the marriage and duress is involved.

Duress can include physical, psychological, financial, sexual and emotional pressure.

This is a form of domestic abuse but can involve people other than family or intimate partners and can be an element of so-called ‘honour’-based abuse affecting victims and survivors of all gender identities.