Red Cross can help people who are in a forced marriage or are at risk of being forced into marriage.
Our program can help you recover and rebuild your life by providing financial support, access to health and accommodation services, counselling, building community supports and more.
This work is funded by the Department of Social Services under the Support for Trafficked People Program.
We can also help you find other organisations and agencies that might be able to help you.
What is forced marriage?
A person is in a forced marriage if they did not freely and fully consent to being married. It is illegal in Australia.
Red Cross might be able to help if you:
- are being, or were, threatened, coerced, pressured or tricked into getting married;
- have not freely and fully consented to being married;
- were under 16 years old at the time you were married; or
- did not have the mental capacity to consent to your marriage.
Watch the videos below for more information about forced marriage.