What Does the American Public Know about Child Marriage?
Authors: David W. Lawson, Rachel Lynes, Addison Morris, Susan B. Schaffnit
Published: September 23, 2020
This study examined what the public in the United States knows about the issue of child marriage, both worldwide and within the U.S. itself. Researchers discovered significant misconceptions on both fronts, including a widespread and incorrect belief that child marriage was illegal in all 50 states. Read more.
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.
Screening for Forced Marriage Cases – Tip Sheet for Hotline Advocates
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.