Poignant Valentine's message of forced marriage charity
A Bristol-based charity that campaigns against domestic abuse will use Valentine’s Day as a poignant moment to unveil its latest campaign against forced marriages.
The Next Link charity will reveal details of its new forced marriage website and online chat facility, where people who feel they are being pressurised into an arranged marriage can get help and advice.
The new website offers confidential advice and information and the option of an online real time conversation with a specialist support worker.
Carol Metters, director of Next Link said: “This is an extremely exciting new project. For many years, Next Link services have supported women who have been victims of forced marriages.
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“It is well known that forced marriages invariably end in domestic abuse. Young people can access this website and prevent themselves from becoming victims.
“Many use social media to communicate with friends and we have also linked the website into a new forced marriage Facebook page. This new initiative can engage with young people in a way that they are familiar with and is completely anonymous.
“Victims tell us that they do not know where they can get help and who they can turn to. Often family pressures keep them excluded from support and advice.
“However, there are a range of practical and legal remedies available to protect them from a marriage that they have not consented to that they can access through our website.”
For more details, visit www.forcedmarriageadvice.co.uk