Throughout this knowledge module, reference to certain provisions or sections of a piece of legislation, part of a legal judgment, or aspect of a practice does not imply that the legislation, judgment, or practice is considered in its entirety to be a good example or a promising practice.

Some of the laws cited herein may contain provisions which authorize the death penalty. In light of the United Nations General Assembly resolutions 62/14963/16865/206, and 67/176 calling for a moratorium on and ultimate abolition of capital punishment, the death penalty should not be included in sentencing provisions for crimes of violence against women and girls.

Other Provisions Related to Domestic Violence LawsResources for Developing Legislation on Domestic Violence
Sexual Harassment in Sport Tools for Drafting Sexual Harassment Laws and Policies
Immigration Provisions Resources for developing legislation on sex trafficking of women and girls
Child Protection Provisions Resources on Forced and Child Marriage
Other provisions related to dowry-related and domestic violence laws
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Role of other Helping Professions and Stakeholders

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Nurses, physicians, mental health professionals, social workers, teachers, child care workers, and others who provide critical services to women, girls, and families are often the first to become aware of a woman or child facing a forced marriage. These professionals often have specific duties mandated by law.

  • Legislation should specify the reporting duties of helping professionals who become aware of child or forced marriages.
  • Laws should provide for training of helping professionals in regard to how to support those in forced and child marriages.
  • Laws should mandate the development of a coordinated community response to forced marriages. 
  • Laws should encourage politicians and government officers to receive training on forced marriage as a form of violence against women and girls.


End Forced Child Marriage: Best Practice Response Guidelines (National Children’s and Youth Law Centre, Australia, 2013).

Honor Violence and Forced Marriage Training Curriculum (Powerpoint) (Webinar video) (The Aha Foundation, 2011)

Forced Marriage eLearning Website (UK Foreign Commonwealth Office)

Guidance for Education Professionals (UK Home Office, 2005)

Young People & Vulnerable Adults Facing Forced Marriage: Practice Guidance for Social Workers (UK Department of Health, 2004)

Dealing with Cases of Forced Marriage: Information for Health Professionals (UK Department of Health, 2007)

Forced Marriage Case Handling Guide for MPs and Constituency Offices (UK Home Office, 2009).

Early and Forced Marriage Screening Checklist, in  A Closer Look at Forced and Early Marriage in African Immigrant Communities in New York City, Sauti Yetu (2012), pp.21-22.

For more information see the Implementation Module.