A forced marriage is when a person gets married without freely and fully consenting.
In Australia, forced marriage is a crime under the Commonwealth Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth). It is an offence to:
- Cause a person to enter into a forced marriage; or
- Be a party to a forced marriage, where you know your spouse is the victim of a forced marriage.
A forced marriage can happen to a person of any age, gender sexual orientation, religious or cultural background. Forced marriage is a slavery-like practice and a violation of human rights.
If you think someone is in a forced marriage, or in immediate danger of forced marriage, call the Australian Federal Police on 131 237.