A ‘forced marriage’ occurs when a person is pressured into a marriage they do not consent to, or cannot consent to due to age or disability. A ‘forced marriage’ not the same as an 'arranged marriage', where families take a leading role in choosing the marriage partner, however the marriage itself is freely entered into by both parties. The Domestic Violence Bill, published in February 2017, will criminalise the act of forcing someone to enter into a ceremony of marriage, or removing a person from the State for such purposes.

Indicators of a forced marriage could include: