This material is intended to help you understand the dynamics of forced marriage generally and does not provide legal definitions or advice.
Forced marriage is a marriage that takes place without the consent of one or both people in the marriage. Consent means that you have given your full, free, and informed agreement to marry your intended spouse and to the timing of the marriage. Forced marriage may occur when family members or others use physical or emotional abuse, threats, or deception to force you to marry without your consent.
Forced marriage can happen to individuals of any race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, immigration status, or national origin. It can happen to individuals from any economic or educational background.