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Inspirational lives: After forced marriage


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Jasvinder has studied to become a nurse, and is now married to her white boyfriend.

Speaking to the Guardian, she said, 'I went into nursing, and then social work, and I've done well in 25 years. Now, as well as social work, I work on Karma Nirvana's Honor Network helpline, which is a national line for people affected by honor-based violence or forced marriage. We talk to about 250 people a week. It's only recently that anyone has had someone to talk to.'

Life after forced marriage: Moving on
Olaf said: “There are lots of inspiring stories and people who have pulled together their lives be it through education, work or being able to marry the person of their choice.' 

'Forced marriage is disempowering, and it is very inspiring that people can rebuild their lives in that way. Make sure you get help, don’t suffer in silence.'

James Brokenshire, Home Office Minister for Crime Prevention said: 'Forced marriage is a form of domestic abuse and will not be tolerated ... both men and women are victims of forced marriage so it’s vitally important that we encourage those who work with young people to contact the Forced Marriage Unit if they have any concerns, and that victims who have been affected come forward.'


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