You, or your trusted friend, should contact the nearest British Consulate, Embassy or High Commission. They will contact the FMU in the UK and arrange for assistance.
If you are concerned that you will be forced into marriage when abroad, contact us. Once you leave the country, it is much harder to get help. However, there are some steps you can take to improve your situation when abroad. Take the address and contact details of a trusted friend and of the High Commission/Embassy in the country you are visiting. You should also take some money, both in sterling and in the local currency, along with a spare mobile phone. Photocopy your passport and tickets before you leave.
Whilst we cannot guarantee your safety, we can put you in contact with agencies whose job it is to protect you. Refuges can provide you with somewhere safe to stay if you choose to leave home. You can also be accommodated if you are a man or a couple. You should always call the police if you are in immediate danger.
There are housing services available for victims of Forced Marriage and Honour Abuse. These are safe environments where you can receive emotional and practical help, such as access to counselling. You can also be assisted in organising benefits and permanent housing. You will be encouraged to become independent, and to make your own decisions about your future. You will be provided with freedom, one of the most significant components in a happy and healthy life.
Karma means ‘peace’, and Nirvana ‘enlightenment’. We hope all of our victims will achieve this through our work.
Honour crimes are most prevalent within diaspora communities from South Asia, the Middle East, and North and East Africa. Reports come from Muslim, Sikh, Hindu, Orthodox Jewish and occasionally traveller communities. Honour Abuse is not determined by gender; both perpetrators and victims can be male or female.
To our knowledge, there is no scripture in any of the major religions that condone forced marriage. Under British law it is illegal.
Ensuring everyone in the country understands that culture, religion, and tradition is not an excuse, forced marriage is a criminal offence in the UK.
Raising awareness of Karma Nirvana’s victim support services within communities and places of worship so that victims understand we can help them.
Educating professionals particularly in the Police, Schools, NHS and Social Services to better understand honour-based abuse, forced marriage and best practice in dealing with it.
What starts out as an ‘arranged’ marriage can quickly escalate to a forced marriage. It is not uncommon for one of the participants to change their mind, even on the wedding day only for the families to force them to go through with it.
Arranged marriage: Both participants give their full consent and enter the marriage willingly.
Forced marriage: One or both participants enter the marriage without giving their consent. They go through with the wedding under duress from their families.
Forcing someone into marriage is a criminal offence in the UK.