POSTPONED Webinar: Physical and Mental Health Impacts of Forced & Child Marriage in the United States
April 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
This webinar has been postponed to allow FMI staff to shift focus onto mission-critical work in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. A new date and time will be posted when possible.
This webinar, co-presented by Tahirih Justice Center and Arab American Family Services, will provide an overview of the nature and scope of child and forced marriage in the United States and go in depth on the short and long term physical and mental health impacts on survivors. The goal of this webinar is to equip service providers, health care professionals, and advocates with tools to address the often complex and intersecting dynamics of these emerging issues, through informed and effective identification, intervention and prevention.
Forced and child marriage are significant problems in the United States. A 2011 Tahirih Justice Center Survey on forced marriage in the U.S. revealed as many as 3,000 known or suspected cases of forced marriage in just a two year period. Between 2000 and 2015 alone well over 200,000 children married in the United States — nearly all of them were girls, and almost all married adult men. Survivors of forced and child marriage and individuals at risk often experience poor physical and mental health outcomes, and a 2015 World Health Organization study found that forced marriage was a major risk factor for suicide among adolescent females. Additionally, several U.S. based studies on forced marriage have demonstrated high rates of domestic and sexual violence within such marriages.
As a result of participating in this session, participants will:
- Know how to identify and describe forced and child marriage and its intersections with other forms of abuse
- Understand the physical and mental health impacts of forced and child marriage
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of best practices when responding to and supporting survivors and individuals at risk of forced marriage.