National charity supporting men and women

  • Are you being pressured to get married against your will?
  • Do you fear to bring shame or dishonour on your family?
  • Have you been emotionally or physically abused?
  • Are you confused about what they say scripture demands of you?
  • Do you worry about being disowned?

If you are concerned about any of the above, please call us in confidence.

Culture, Religion and Tradition are not an excuse; forced marriage is illegal in the UK. 

I commend Karma Nirvana and Cosmopolitan’s campaign to raise awareness, and thank them for their ongoing work to tackle forced marriage and honour-based abuse
Former Home Secretary, Theresa May MP

Karma Nirvana Open Evening

Karma Nirvana is seeking volunteers to join their Community Champions programme to help raise awareness of Honour-Based Abuse and Forced Marriage in the UK. The evening will take place on 7th December in Leeds. As well as volunteers the charity is recruiting Trustees, a Secretary and a Treasurer. To learn more about these unique opportunities, and to meet Karma Nirvana’s CEO, management team and board members please join them for what promises to be an informative and thought-provoking evening. Register your place at our event here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/karma-nirvana-open-evening-tickets-39521378507 If you are unable to attend the event but are still interested in ...
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I am being forced into a marriage. What can I do?

Forced marriages occur when one or both of the prospective spouses do not consent to the marriage but are coerced into it by their families or community, and they are illegal in the UK. Everyone has the right to make their own decision as to when and whom they want to marry. It can be a very difficult and overwhelming if you feel like you are being forced into a marriage you don’t want. Your family may make you feel guilty for rejecting the marriage by saying it is a matter of honor, tradition or religion, or in some cases ...
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My parents don’t let me continue my education. What can I do?

Education is vital for any child. It provides you with the skill set needed for you to live your life as an independent and successful adult as you grow older. In the UK, if you are under 16, you are legally required to attend school full-time until the end of the academic year when you turn 16. Between the age of 16-18 (school years 12&13) you must stay in some type of education or training; this can include full-time education at college, an apprenticeship, or part-time education or training. It is illegal for you to leave the education system until ...
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My family are controlling me? What can I do?

Many families, particularly within diaspora communities, implore children to behave in a way which is deemed socially and/or culturally acceptable, in order to preserve the family’s ‘honor’ (or izzat in some cultures). This concept of "honor" refers to a person's and/or family’s righteousness in the eyes of their community. It is often utilized to ensure that people act in accordance with a certain code or set of rules. As such, if people follow what is considered socially good, they are honored; if not, they are shamed. In order to uphold this ‘honor’, your family may prevent you from doing things ...
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Karma Nirvana is seeking volunteers to join their Community Champions programme to help raise awareness of Honour-Based Abuse and Forced Marriage in the UK. For 24 years the charity has provided emotional and practical support to victims, as well as best practice advice and training courses to professionals (including the Police, Social Services and the NHS).

As well as volunteers the charity is recruiting Trustees, a Secretary and a Treasurer. To learn more about these unique opportunities, and to meet Karma Nirvana’s CEO, management team and board members please join them for what promises to be an informative and thought-provoking evening.

If you are unable to attend the event but are still interested in becoming a community champion or a trustee please email [email protected] and a member of the team will be in touch.
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