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Webinar: Spotting the Signs of Forced Marriage – Tips for Hotline Advocates
December 18, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Forced marriage is a significant, yet hidden, problem in the United States that impacts individuals of every socio-economic 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 behind the issues that first present themselves including mental health concerns, physical and psychological abuse, sexual assault and rape. Minors threatened with forced marriage face increased vulnerability given their significant legal limitations, which often restrict their access to services as well as their ability to leave home and seek protection.
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. This webinar will:
- Provide an overview of the nature and scope of forced and child marriage in the United States.
- Elevate and clarify the connection between forced marriage and other forms of violence and abuse, including domestic/family violence, child abuse, sexual assault, stalking, female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) and human trafficking.
- Provide best practices for Hotline Advocates to identify warning signs, screen and refer forced marriage cases.