A forced marriage is a marriage where one or both people do not consent to the marriage and pressure or abuse is used
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The “One-Chance” Rule
All practitioners working with victims of forced marriage and honour-based violence need to be aware of the “one chance” rule. That is, they may only have one chance to speak to a potential victim and thus they may only have one chance to save a life. This means that all practitioners working within statutory agencies need to be aware of their responsibilities and obligations when they come across a forced marriage case. If the victim is allowed to walk out of the door without support being offered, that one chance might be wasted.