A small number of young people find themselves being forced into marriage by their families when they go abroad. If you do not want to go through a forced marriage, the Government's Forced Marriage Unit can help you.
More information on the services the Forced Marriage Unit provides can be found on its website, listed below. You can also telephone or email the Unit. Any information you give will be treated in confidence.
Telephone: 020 7008 0151
When you contact the Unit, it will be helpful if you can provide:
- your name as shown on your passport
- your passport number, date and place of issue
- your date of birth
- your parents' names
- your address and telephone number in the UK
- address and telephone number in the country you are visiting
- names and addresses of other relatives you might be visiting abroad
- the date you are expecting to return to the UK
- details of a trusted and reliable friend or relative in the UK
You may also find the FCO leaflet, 'Forced Marriage - A Survivor's Handbook' helpful - there is a link to an online version below.
If you do go abroad
- make a note of the address and telephone number of the British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate in the country you are visiting
- take some money with you (for telephone calls or for transport)
- contact the nearest British High Commission/Embassy when you are overseas if you fear you are going to be forced into a marriage
- the High Commission/Embassy will try to get you back to the UK, issue an emergency passport if necessary and provide you with safe accommodation and transport
- you or a friend will need to provide money for your ticket home (in exceptional circumstances a loan can be arranged) and provide the FCO with your full name and date of birth
- you may need to get to the nearest British High Commission/Embassy, although the FCO will still try to help if you cannot get there yourself
- Help with PDF files
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