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Forced Marriage

When someone is marrying against his or her will it is a “forced marriage.” Sometimes family members will threaten or use force to make someone consent to marriage. This issue does not just affect female victims; research suggests that 15 percent of the cases involve male victims.

We view forced marriage as a human rights abuse and, in the case of minors, a form of child abuse. If you are a U.S. citizen and the victim of a forced marriage overseas, you can:

  • Contact the closest U.S. embassy or consulate or call our Overseas Citizens Services office in Washington, D.C. at 1-888-407-4747 (from outside the United States and Canada, call 202-501-4444).
  • Check the “Special Circumstances” section of our country information pages for further information and possible resources in the country you are visiting.  The following organizations are not affiliated with the U.S. Department of State, but offer assistance to victims of forced marriage both in the United States and abroad:


The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the entities or individuals whose names appear on or are linked to the above page. Inclusion of private groups on this page is in no way an endorsement by the Department or the U.S. government. The order in which names appear has no significance. The Department is not in a position to vouch for the information.