EXPLORING EXPERIENCES OF FORCED MARRIAGE IN AUSTRALIA
Is this research for you?
Have you experienced or been threatened with a forced marriage?
Are you female and aged between 16 and 30 years old?
If you answered yes to both of these questions we would like to hear from you. We are undertaking research to understand young women's experiences of forced marriage in Australia.
Interviews will take one hour, and can be conducted in person or via phone or video. You will receive a $30 gift card in recognition of your time. [Note: As a result of the COVID19 pandemic interviews for this research outside of New South Wales will be conducted via phone or video until further notice]
If you do not wish to participate in an interview and would like to contribute your experience you can complete a confidential online survey here.
If you have supported a family member, friend or community member in a situation of forced marriage you can also complete the confidential online survey here.
What is this research about?
There is limited research in Australia about the nature and context of how forced marriage occurs.
Forced marriage is defined by Australian law as a marriage entered into without the full and free consent of one or both of the parties to the marriage.
This research aims to develop an understanding about young women’s experiences of forced marriage: looking specifically at the context in which it occurs; the strategies young women use to navigate their own situation; and the implications for law and policy. It is research focused on women’s voices and experiences—which is critical for reflecting on current responses; and, to contribute unique and significant evidence toward future responses and interventions.
Your participation in this research will be confidential.
Your responses will remain entirely anonymous and there will be no way to identify you in any of the published research that arises out of this study. All names, dates, locations and other identifiable information with be changed and the original audio recording will be deleted.
Any contact information and communication given to the researcher to organise your participation in this research will be destroyed after the interview is completed.
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About the researchers
This research is being completed as part of the completion of a PhD by Ms Laura Vidal, under the supervision of Associate Professor Marie Segrave
Laura Vidal: is undertaking her PhD as a Francine V Mcniff Scholar at Monash University. Laura has previously worked as a Social Worker and holds a Masters Degree in Human Rights Law and Policy. Laura has over a decade of experience supporting women, girls and families—in particular people who have experienced human trafficking, slavery, forced marriage and other forms of gender-based violence.
Associate Professor Marie Segrave: is a researcher with the Border Crossing Observatory, the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre and the Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre . She researches across a range of areas, but her work is primarily concerned with migration, regulation, exploitation and criminalisation. Marie has extensive experience in working with vulnerable populations, including unlawful migrants, victims of trafficking, immigration detention detainees, women exiting prison and women who have experienced family and intimate partner violence.
If you are concerned about your safety or wish to seek assistance regarding a situation of forced marriage, below is a list of services you may contact.
In all emergencies contact 000
Lifeline: 24-hour telephone counselling, crisis support and suicide prevention
Phone: 13 11 14
1800 RESPECT: 24-hour confidential information, counselling and support service for people impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence abuse
Phone: 1800 737 732
The Salvation Army Trafficking & Slavery Safe House: Confidential advice specific to forced marriage, Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm
Phone: 1300 473 560
My Blue Sky: Links to support services, phone, text and online legal assistance, Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm
Phone: (02) 9514 8115
Australian Federal Police: Report a situation of forced marriage that occurred after 2013 that you wish to have investigated by police.
Phone: 131 237
The Australian Red Cross: Provide information and advice, case management support if you decide to report to the Australian Federal Police.
Phone: (03) 9345 1800
This research has been granted ethics approval by the Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee
(Approval No. 21786).
Should you have any concerns or complaints about this research you are welcome to contact the Executive Officer:
Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee
Room 111, Chancellery Building D
26 Sports Walk, Clayton Campus
Monash University VIC 3800
Phone: (03) 9905 2052