Forced Marriage

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A Forced marriage is a marriage in which one or both of the parties is married without his or her consent or against his or her will.
There are new laws that criminalise forced marriage and these new laws were passed by the Australian Parliament on 27 February 2013.

There will now be a maximum penalty of seven years jail for anyone trying to force vulnerable people into marriage.


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  1. Forced Child Marriage Survey Invitation
    The National Children’s and Youth Law Centre (NCYLC) is undertaking Australia’s first national
    research into the forced marriage of children.
    If you have had any experience with children in or at risk of a forced marriage, please
    contribute to the project by participating in the Centre’s survey by 22 March 2013.
    You can access the survey at
    If you would like any more information about the survey, please contact the Project Officer,
    Tina Jelenic, on (02) 9385 9589 or by email at

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