Training & Resource Toolkit
Our Training and Resource Toolkit is intended to provide a basic foundation for professionals seeking to understand the unique dynamics of and challenges posed by forced marriage cases and better identify, screen and respond to individuals at risk.
This is a good starting point for teachers, counselors, domestic violence and sexual assault service providers, hotline and shelter staff, youth advocates, legal and law-enforcement professionals and other individuals interested in learning more about forced marriage and how to provide an appropriate response for survivors.
This webinar training is presented by experts from the Forced Marriage Initiative at the Tahirih Justice Center. The webinar presents an overview of the nature and scope of forced marriage in the United States, as well as a discussion of the complex social and cultural dynamics involved in such cases and the unique challenges of problem-solving and safety-planning with individuals at risk and victims. The webinar also provides guidance on how to better screen for and identify potential warning signs and indicators of forced marriage within the populations you serve and best practices for providing culturally responsive services. Take notes as you follow along! Click here to download handouts of the slides.
Equip individuals with information about their rights and how to stay safe using our “Marriage is Your Choice” Brochure.
The “Marriage is Your Choice” Brochure provides accessible information including definitions and warning signs of forced marriage, legal rights of minors and adults, safety tips, and support resources. Download here in English, or here in Arabic.
Learn about the key role educators can play in supporting individuals at risk and how you can help with our Tip Sheet for Educators.
Teachers, school counselors, and other education professionals are often first responders in forced marriage cases. This resource provides information about warning signs and best practice tips for educators working with students who disclose forced marriage concerns. Download here.
Learn about the key role refugee service providers can play in supporting individuals at risk and how you can help with our Tip Sheet for Refugee Service Providers.
Forced marriage intersects with many other forms of harm, including child abuse, domestic violence, sexual abuse, and female genital mutilation/cutting. Being aware of forced marriage as a common form of underlying abuse can help refugee service providers to better address client needs that, when initially presented, may seem unrelated. This resource provides information about warning signs and best practice tips for service providers working with refugee clients who disclose forced marriage concerns. Download here.
Plan for staying safe and getting help when leaving the United States with our Safety Planning for Travel Overseas Tip-Sheet.
Individuals who are at risk of forced marriage are strongly advised to avoid overseas travel, as it can be extremely difficult to get help outside of the U.S. This resource is for advocates working with those at risk of forced marriage to avoid unwanted travel or to stay safe while overseas. Download here.
Use our Interactive Country Map to learn more about the barriers and challenges faced when forced marriage is threatened or happens overseas.
It can be very difficult to access help, escape, or return to the United States once overseas, especially if identity documents like passports are confiscated. Local law enforcement may be unwilling or unable to intervene in forced marriage situations, and there may be few resources in-country that are able to help. Click here to learn more about the laws and limitations in specific countries.
Does your state have a forced marriage criminal law? Find out from our review of Criminal Laws Addressing Forced Marriage in the United States.
This resource provides a detailed overview of existing state based criminal laws against forced marriage in the U.S. Download here.
Read our fact sheet to find out how forced marriage can intersect with female genital mutilation/cutting.
While not all individuals who face forced marriage are also at risk of FGM/C, and not all survivors of FGM/C will experience forced marriage, the two harms can intersect in several ways. Find out about support available for those facing FGM/C and forced marriage. Download here.