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Forced Marriage Unit (FMU)

The FMU operates a public helpline to provide advice and support to victims of forced marriages, as well as to professionals dealing with cases.

Umbrella org:
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Area serviced:
020 7008 0151
How to apply:
Call: 020 7008 0151

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A forced marriage takes place when the bride, groom or both do not want to get married but are forced to by others, usually their families. People forced into marriage may be tricked into going abroad, physically threatened and/or emotionally blackmailed to do so. Every year, hundreds of young people in Britain, both male and female, are forced into marriage against their will, often by violence and blackmail from their own families and relatives.