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Your Rights and the Law

If you or someone you know is in a forced marriage, or being forced to marry, the law is there to protect you.

In November 2011, legislation came into force in Scotland to protect both men and women currently in or under threat of a forced marriage.Close up of a girls face, she has a single tear running down her cheek

The Forced Marriage etc (Protection and Jurisdiction) (Scotland) Act 2011 was introduced to protect the human rights of people living in Scotland and to provide protection against threats, harassment or pressure to marry someone without consent.

Under this law, a Forced Marriage Protection Order can be taken out to legally prevent anybody from forcing you to marry against your will, or to keep you from harm if a forced marriage has already taken place.

Forced Marriage Protection Orders 

A Forced Marriage Protection Order is there to protect you and can be adapted to meet the specific needs of your situation.

  • An Order can prevent a Forced Marriage from happening, or provide protective measures when one has taken place.
  • Orders can be tailored to meet the specific needs of an individual.
  • They may contain restrictions or requirements to stop or change the behaviour of the person who is pressurising someone into marriage.
  • They may also include anyone who is not directly involved but may be helping another person to force someone into marriage.

Keeping you safe is the priority

If you are concerned about being forced to marry and think that you might need a Forced Marriage Protection Order there are options available to you;

  • You can apply directly to the court for an order.
  • You can ask a support organisation or your local authority to make an application on your behalf.
  • An interim order can be given to provide you with immediate protection before a full order is made.

Reporting a forced marriage or the threat of a forced marriage can be very daunting but there are specially trained advisers you can talk to. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An interim order can be given to provide you with immediate protection before a full order is made.

Reporting a Forced Marriage or the threat of a forced marriage can be very daunting but there are specially trained advisers you can talk to. (link to ‘Where can I get help’ section)