What is a forced marriage protection order? 

Forced Marriage Protection Orders came into force in this country in 2008. Anyone - including a victim, friend or local authority - can ask the Family Court to implement a Forced Marriage Protection Order (FMPO).This can stop a person being married against their will and prevent them from being taken abroad.


The FMPOs can also demand that perpetrators stop any intimidation, reveal the victim's location and hand over passports otherwise they could face imprisonment.

It is now a criminal offence to breach a FMPO – with a maximum penalty of 5 years imprisonment.

The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 came into force on 16th June 2014. It is now illegal to force someone into marriage in the UK.


This includes:

  • Taking someone overseas to force them to marry (whether or not the forced marriage takes place)

  • Marrying someone who lacks the mental capacity to consent to the marriage (whether they’re pressured to or not

  • The civil remedy of obtaining a Forced Marriage Protection Order through the family courts will continue to exist alongside the new criminal offence, so victims can choose how they wish to be assisted.


Forcing someone to marry carries a prison sentence of up to 7 years.

Useful Links...

Karma Nirvana 

Call 0800 5999247


The Forced Marriage Unit 

Call 020 7008 0151

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forcedmarriage

Twitter: @FMUnit

Ashiana Project London

020 8539 0427

Domestic Violence Helpline Greater Manchester

0161 636 7525

Equality Advisory & Support (EASS)

0808 800 0082

Freedom charity 

0845 607 0133

Honour Network Survivors Helpline

0800 5999 247

National Domestic Violence Freephone Helpline
0808 2000 247

Newham Asian women's Project

020 8472 0528 East London


0808 2000 247


0161 945 4187