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 Act 2018 came into force on 1 January 2019, and criminalises 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: