Forced marriages Many young people are forced into marrying someone against their will. In the UK, forced marriages are illegal. Consent is not given by the victim to marry and abuse is used in order to force them to get married. Pressure is put upon them or ‘honour’ is used to ensure that they go ahead with what the perpetrators want. This may be in the form of young girls taken abroad by their family under false pretences. They are told they are going on holiday when in reality they are taken to get married.