Tag : Forced Marriage

A Framework for Identifying and Responding to Cases of Forced Marriage

This document provides a comprehensive framework for identifying and responding to cases of forced marriage. The Framework includes tips for screening for forced marriages, how to incorporate forced marriage into standard intake processes, information on safety planning and relocation, tips for handling cases that involve travel out of the country, tips for family mapping and working with minors, and information about the intersection of forced marriage with female genital mutilation/cutting.

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Forced Marriage Safety Card for Healthcare Providers

Authors: Futures Without Violence, Tahirih Justice Center

Published: March 2021

Healthcare providers are a crucial point of contact for survivors and individuals facing forced marriage. Tahirih collaborated with Anisa Ali of Futures Without Violence to create a resource specifically focused on forced marriage to be made available in healthcare settings. This tool is most effective when placed in private areas such as restrooms and exam rooms, and may be given to patients routinely as part of regular visits, or upon disclosure of abuse. Included are definitions of forced marriage and how it differs from arranged marriage, indicators of force, fraud and coercion, information about the health consequences of forced and child marriage, and resources for individuals facing forced marriage to seek support.

When printed, the safety card can be folded to the size of a business card to allow for discretion when sharing it with at-risk patients. It can also be used as a script for providers, and given to the patient as a resource to let them know that Marriage is Your Choice.

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What Does the American Public Know about Child Marriage?

AuthorsDavid 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.

Child Marriage Poses Serious Risks to Children

Author: Tahirih Justice Center

Published: May, 2020

This one-pager brings together research on the devastating, lifelong harms of child marriage in the United States.

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Webinar – Spotting the Signs of Forced Marriage: Tips for Hotline Advocates

During this webinar, the Forced Marriage Initiative provides tips for hotline advocates who encounter cases of forced marriage in their work.

Forced marriage is a significant, yet hidden problem in the United States that impacts individuals of every socioeconomic 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. 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.