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Forced Marriage Scotland

Forced Marriage in Scotland

"Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouse"
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 16


No-one should be pressured into marrying someone they don’t want to.

If you or someone you know is in a forced marriage, or living in fear of being forced to marry, then the law is there to protect you.

Can I speak to someone?

Yes, we have trained advisors who can talk through your options, if you, or a friend or relative, is facing the threat of a forced marriage, or if you are already in a forced marriage.

Call the freephone Forced Marriage Helpline on 0800 027 1234.  It is free and trained advisors are on hand 24 hours a day.

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 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


Organisations who can give you help and support include:

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.)


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

Advice is also available via the Men's Advice Line: a confidential helpline run by a team of skilled professionals from Respect, offering practical advice, information and emotional support to men worried about forced marriage, as well as to concerned friends and family and frontline workers.

The Men's Advice Line is available on freephone 0808 801 0327 and is open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.  Calls are free from landlines and from mobiles using the O2, Orange, T Mobile, Three (3), Virgin and Vodaphone networks.  Calls will not appear on BT landline phone bills.  A voicemail service is available and the Men's Advice Line aim to return all calls within two working days.

You can also email the Men's Advice Line on info@mensadviceline.org.uk.