Date(s) - March 25, 2016
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Over the past five years, a more comprehensive picture of the nature and scope of forced marriage in the United States has emerged. This growing body of research has demonstrated that forced marriage is a serious but neglected problem in the U.S. and that many survivors of forced marriage have experienced harm that is overlapping with other forms of violence and yet unique enough to require additional skills and awareness from service providers and others in a position to assist.
Despite many advocates’ best efforts, survivors of forced marriage and those at risk continue to fall through the cracks of the systems and programs set up to protect individuals from abuse. For these reasons, it is critical to recognize and connect the dots between the mechanisms of power, control, and coercion that may precede a forced marriage, and the forms of abuse that can follow it.
This webinar will provide an overview of the current body of research and highlight the ways in which forced marriage intersects with child abuse, sexual assault and rape, domestic and family violence, stalking, female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), and human trafficking.
By the end of this webinar, participants will:
- Understand the intersectional nature of forced marriage and child abuse, sexual assault and rape, domestic and family violence, stalking, female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), and human trafficking.
- Gain an understanding of the nature and scope of forced marriage in the United States.
- Be empowered with the necessary knowledge and skills to extend their expertise and services to identify and serve forced marriage survivors.
Casey Swegman — Project Manager, Forced Marriage Initiative
Dina Baky — Project Associate, Forced Marriage Initiative
*This webinar is based on an Applied Research Paper authored by the Forced Marriage Initiative at Tahirih Justice Center with support from the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence.