Author: Tahirih Justice Center
Publication: November, 2019
This resource, created by the Tahirih Justice Center’s Forced Marriage Initiative, provides advice and guidance for hotline advocates who may encounter cases of forced marriage in their work. It includes a definition of forced marriage, a note on mandated reporting, red flags that may indicate a threat of forced marriage, and advice for how to speak to individuals who may be at risk.
Opportunities to Respond to Forced Marriage within Australia’s Domestic and Family Violence Framework
Author: Laura Vidal
Forced marriage expert Laura Vidal examines Australia’s response to forced marriage, and makes recommendations for alternative approaches to the issue. She highlights opportunities within existing domestic and family violence law and policy to prevent and respond to individuals impacted by forced marriage, and identifies possibilities for moving the Australian response away from a singular criminal justice lens and toward a more holistic response.
Author: Raquel Wildes Genet
Publication: August 2019
This article provides legal and historical background on the state of laws allowing for child marriage in the United States, and goes on to examine the arguments for and against eliminating marriage under age 18 without exceptions. The author makes recommendations for policy changes, taking into account both protective measures and perceived political feasibility.
Historical Overview of U.S. Policy and Legislative Responses to Honor-Based Violence, Forced Marriage, and Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting
Authors: Marieke Brock and Emma Buckthal
Publication: September 2018
This report, produced by the National Institute of Justice, aims to support law enforcement’s ability to understand and identify acts of gender-based violence in the United States that are rooted in cultural practice by providing a high-level historical perspective of these practices and the U.S. government’s response to them.
Author: Australian Red Cross
Publication: May, 2019
This report highlights the important role of communities and families in finding solutions to complex forms of harm such as forced marriage. The Australian Red Cross identifies pressures that lead to forced marriage, explores the inter-generation conflict inherent to many forced marriage cases, and lays out for broad strategies that communities use to negotiate and prevent forced marriage.