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Taking the Next Step

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Taking the next step

If you're being forced into a marriage, it's understandable to feel trapped and  alone. Things can be difficult. You may feel confused, scared or helpless.

But please don’t be afraid to speak up. Your future happiness is at stake.  It's important to remember that no matter your gender, age, sexuality, disability or background, someone is there to help you.

If you're unsure where to turn to, and would like to talk to someone for help and advice, call the numbers provided.

Calls are completely confidential and you don’t need to give your name. Helpline staff will;

Respect you and treat your call in the strictest confidence

  • Take any disclosure of Forced Marriage seriously
  • Listen to you and respect your wishes 
  • Not dismiss Forced Marriage as a 'family matter' or a cultural or religious practice
  • Provide details of organisations who can offer help and support, if that’s what you want

If you're not quite ready to speak to someone on the phone, or you would find it difficult for any reason click:  Forced Marriage Scotland for more information.

For information in different languages clickPublications and Resources 

There are a number of  organisations who are experienced in providing help and support for people worried about Forced Marriage.


Edinburgh and the East

Shakti Women's Aid

Provide support, advocacy, refuge and information to all black and minority ethnic women, young people and children experiencing or escaping from domestic abuse.  

Tel:  0131 475 2399


Supports the mental health and well-being of black and minority ethic women in Edinburgh

Tel:  0131 556 9302

Men in Mind

Edinburgh based services for black and minority ethnic men who are experiencing issues that may affect their mental health and well-being


Dundee International Women's Centre

Provides a wide range of services for women

Tel:  01382 462 058

Amina Muslim Women's Resource Centre (Dundee)

Works with Muslim women and promotes understanding of their needs

Tel:  0808 801 0301

Glasgow and the West

Hermat Gryffe Women's Aid

Provides support, advocacy, refuge and information for black and minority ethnic women, young people and children who are victims of domestic abuse

Tel:  0141 353 0859

 Amina Muslim Women's Resource Centre (Glasgow)

Works with Muslim women and promotes understanding of their needs

Tel:  0808 801 0301


Scottish Women's Aid

National organisation responding to domestic abuse, with a network of member local groups across Scotland 

LGBT Domestic Abuse Project

Scotland's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender domestic abuse project 

Victim Support Scotland

Provides emotional support, practical help and essential information to victims, witnesses and others affected by crime

Tel:  0845 603 9213

Voice UK

Supports people with learning disabilities and other vulnerable people who have experienced crime or abuse 


A project run by Deaf Connections which offers support, advice and information for deaf, black and minority ethnic communities in Scotland 

Advice, support and protection is available in complete confidence.

Forced Marriage advice line: 0800 027 1234 (Lines are open 24 hours and calls are free.)

Men's advice line: 0808 801 0327 (Lines are open Monday – Friday 9am - 5pm. Calls are free from landlines and from mobiles using the O2, Orange, T Mobile, Three (3), Virgin, and Vodafone networks)


Rape Crisis Scotland National Helpline: 08088 01 03 02 (Lines are open between 6pm and midnight) or if you are deaf or hard of hearing on minicom number 0141 353 3091


 Safer Scotland logo

Case study: The Registrar for Births and Marriages referred H to social work because he was concerned that H might have a learning disability and lack the capacity to be a sponsor for a person entering the country. H herself was excited about having a wedding and being married as her sisters were already married. The parents told the social worker that they wanted to protect their daughter, and that it would be easier for her to be married to someone who was familiar with her family and culture and who would be able to look after her when they had gone.


What is Forced Marriage

Your Rights

Taking the Next Step

You are not alone

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)  

Forced Marriage Learning Resource

Forced Marriage Information Posters and Leaflets