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Women disowned: Forced marriage in the UK
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Forced marriage rescue


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There are plenty of sources of help and advice out there for people who think they may be at risk of becoming victim of forced marriage. The women’s domestic violence charity Refuge has a special bi-lingual Asian Services division that was set up to deal specifically with South Asian women fleeing from an abusive partner or family member.

Refuge provides safe temporary accommodation for these women, helping them back onto their feet.

As well as helplines and refuge accommodation, there are legal injunctions that women can utilize. Information from the Home Office explains that female victims of forced marriage, or others acting on their behalf, can apply for a Forced Marriage Protection Order from the court.

The order, a division of the Family Law Act 1996, can be used to prevent someone being forced into marriage or to protect a person where a marriage has already taken place. People can be arrested if they do not comply with the orders. Since coming into force in November 2008, over 150 orders have been taken out all over the UK.

Disownment from the family unit is something that will affect women’s lives forever. To be permanently isolated from family members also cuts off future generations from getting to know their aunts, uncles and grandparents. But with the help and support of friends and organizations such as the FMU and Refuge, women can continue to rebuild their lives.

Further information:
The Forced Marriage Unit 
Helpline 0207 008 0151 
Out of hours emergency advice on 0207 008 1500 
Email fmu@fco.gov.uk 
Website: www.fco.gov.uk/forcedmarriage 

The 24-hour National Domestic Violence Freephone
Helpline 0808 2000 247.
Or call the team direct on 01332 200027 or after 5pm on 0772 524 5383

Support organization Ashiana: www.ashiana.org.uk
Email info@ashiana.org.uk 
Call 020 8539 0427/9656 

Karma Nirvana's Honour Network
Helpline 0800 5999 247


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