If you feel you have been forced to marry against your wish, this is very different to an arranged marriage which both people consent to.
There’s no religion that says it’s right to force you into a marriage you don’t want and you’re not betraying your faith by refusing to marry.
There is confidential support and help out there for you if you feel you are being pressured into marrying and it’s not what you want.
If you’re looking for help outside LUU, you can call Karma Nirvana, a Leeds based forced marriage charity. They offer emotional and practical help in English, Punjabi, Urdu and Farsi.
As a University of Leeds student you have free access to the Big White Wall, an online service which can provide you with mental health and wellbeing support.
LUU Advice also offers free and confidential support. We can help by simply listening, to working with support services and the police if you want this to happen. You remain in control. We respect our students’ wishes and aim to help you in whatever way you need. You don’t have to report anything to the police if you don’t want to.
We can also offer practical help around money, housing and your studies.