A forced marriage is when a person gets married without freely and fully consenting. This may be because they do not understand the nature and effect of the marriage ceremony (this includes anyone under 16 years) or they have been coerced, threatened or deceived.


Forced Child Marriage

From the Middle East to Latin America, South Asia to Europe, forced child marriage is a global problem that cuts across countries, cultures, religions and ethnicities. Watch this short video lesson to learn the challenges in addressing this issue.


Child Marriage has decreased by 25 million worldwide


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Forced Marriage in Australia

Forced Marriage is happening here in Australia to Australian citizens. Since forced or non-consenting marriage was made a crime in Australia, service providers report that they are recurrently contacted by persons at risk of being victims, and persons who are victims of this crime.

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Forced Marriage Quiz

Marriage is something :

  • Families organise for their children
  • Two fully consenting adults enter into freely
  • A person's religion decides for them
  • A person's culture decides for them

Points: 2

In an arranged Marriage both the future spouses can freely choose whether or not to participate

  • True
  • False

Points: 1

Which of the following is NOT a likely sign of a forced marriage

  • Two people who have been dating for a long time announce their engagement
  • An engagement is announced suddenly
  • A person seems nervous or anxious about a proposed family holiday overseas
  • A person's older siblings have dropped out of school early and been married young

Points: 2

Which of the following is involved in a Forced Marriage

  • There has been pressure put on a person to get married.
  • The person has been intimidated by someone by saying that physical or sexual violence will be used against them or someone else if they don’t agree to the marriage.
  • The person has been told a ceremony is only an engagement when actually it is a wedding.
  • All the above

Points: 2

In Australia a Forced Marriage is :

  • Allowed in some circumstances
  • OK in some cultural or religious groups
  • Against the law
  • OK if it happens to Australian Citezens overseas

Points: 2