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Recognition of and intervention in forced marriage as a form of violence and abuse

Author(s) Chantler, Khatidja
Title Recognition of and intervention in forced marriage as a form of violence and abuse
Source Trauma, Violence & Abuse,2012, Vol. 13, pp.176-183
Date 2012
Document type Journal article
Summary The aim of the paper is to highlight the importance of conceptualising forced marriage as a form of interpersonal violence and the need for state intervention in its recognition. The paper discusses the complexities that are associated with understanding forced marriages across the globe and illustrates the importance of having an intersectional framework taking into consideration the socio-economic and cultural factors that are involved. The paper focuses on the United Kingdom's response to forced marriages, in terms of policy and practical guidelines. It provides a close analysis on the under reporting of forced marriages, the lack of research around the issue as well as the argument of forced marriages being a cultural issue or an issue of interpersonal violence. The paper also provides a summary on the European legislation and the clinical issues that result from forced marriage. The report concludes that further research needs to be conducted in order to conceptualise forced marriages as a form of abuse as well as the need for states to establish more effective methods of intervention in order to support victims.
Keywords Forced marriage; child abuse; cultural context; gender based violence
Topic Domestic violence