Resources

This is a searchable library of publications, webinars, blog posts, and training manuals from the U.S. and around the world on the topic of forced marriage.

Variation in State Laws on Access to Civil Protection Orders for Adolescents Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence

Authors: Avanda Adhia et al.

Publication: January, 2020

This report, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, examines the availability of civil protection orders to minors in dating relationships across all 50 states and Washington, D.C. The authors find that while 48 states allow minors to obtain CPOs, only 14 states explicitly allow them to file for a protection order on their own behalf. Read more.

Child Marriage in Canada: A Systematic Review

Authors: Michele Zaman and Alissa Koski

Publication: March 3, 2020

Researchers systematically reviewed existing academic literature and news media to learn what is known about the frequency of child marriage in Canada, and its effects on health. A review of population data showed that approximately 1% of all Canadian teens aged 15-19 were married or in a common law union in 2016. Read more.

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Making Progress, But Still Falling Short: A Report on the Movement to End Child Marriage in America

Author: Tahirih Justice Center

Publication: January, 2020

Making Progress, But Still Falling Short outlines what more needs to be done to end child marriage in America both at the state and federal level. It contains the latest analysis on all twenty-one states that have recently enacted laws to end or limit child marriage, calling out features that make them strong or weak.

The report serves as a complement to our Child Marriage in the U.S.: Survivor Story Compilation that was released in January 2020, in which 20 survivor voices are featured to provide a window into the many ways that children can be forced and coerced into marriage in modern-day America.

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Child Marriage in the U.S.: Survivor Story Compilation

Compiled by: Tahirih Justice Center

Publication: January, 2020

The 20 survivor voices featured in the report provide a powerful window into the circumstances under which children are forced and coerced into marriages in modern-day America.

These survivors have shared their stories so that we may understand fully the significant, life-long consequences of child marriage and to compel us all to continue our fight to change the laws that allow this practice to continue. For every survivor who speaks out, countless others cannot do so. This report honors their courage as well.

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Webinar – Spotting the Signs of Forced Marriage: Tips for Hotline Advocates

During this webinar, the Forced Marriage Initiative provides tips for hotline advocates who encounter cases of forced marriage in their work.

Forced marriage is a significant, yet hidden problem in the United States that impacts individuals of every socioeconomic status, ethnic, religious and cultural background. More often than not, forced marriage is just one part of a spectrum of other harms that an individual who is forced to marry may face in their lifetime. In fact, forced marriage can often lurk be-hind the issues that first present themselves including mental health concerns, physical and psychological abuse, sexual assault and rape. Advocates at the National, State, and Local Hotline level are on the front lines of victim response and can often be the first point of contact for individuals at risk and survivors of forced marriage seeking assistance and support.