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If you or someone you know is being forced into a marriage and is at risk: call the Police on 999 or 0800 112 999
or call the 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247. For specialist advice, click here for a list of organisations

Forced marriage is a hidden crime. It is not restricted to any single racial, ethnic, or religious community or class. Men and women, girls and boys are forced into marriage

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Anne-Marie Hutchinson (born 1 August 1957 - died 2 October 2020)

We are very sad to lose Anne-Marie Hutchinson, a pillar of the Commission. Our Chair, Baroness Butler-Sloss described Anne-Marie as, 'an exceptional person whose premature death will leave a great gap in a very important and not always well-understood branch of law.'
Read the full tribute from Chair, and Anne-Marie's obituary in the Guardian: here

Shafilea Ahmad and Banaz Mahmod were killed by their parents; the people who should have protected them the most

Shafilea Ahmad

In 2003, Shafilea was killed by her mother and father because she refused to live by their rules and marry a man of their choice

Read Shafilea's story here...

Banaz Mahmod

In 2006, Banaz was killed by her father, other relatives and members of her wider community for fleeing a forced and abusive marriage

Read Banaz's story here...


Raj, Payzee and Sameem were victims of child marriage and forced marriage. Today they are activists and campaigners.


THEY TELL US WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO BREAK THE SILENCE