The Tackling Forced Marriage Initiative (TFM) raises awareness and challenges the practice of forced marriage in Scotland. Working with communities, faith groups and professional bodies we seek to create a change in societal attitudes that will result in a long term reduction of forced marriage within Scotland’s minority ethnic communities. In addition, TFM offers a range of support services to victims of forced marriage, including a Freephone telephone helpline, counselling and befriending.
We work towards eliminating forced marriage in Scotland by challenging the practice before it takes place. Through working with communities, faith groups and victims, we strive to overcome the culture of acceptance or of denial. In doing so, we aim to dispel myths and stereotypes in relation to forced marriages within minority ethnic communities.
Supported by the Forced Marriage Unit (FMU), the Tackling Forced Marriage (TFM) initiative aims to ensure that all victims of forced marriage receive effective, appropriate, culturally and faith sensitive support from all relevant Scottish agencies. We will support improvement in services, which in turn will improve the lives and enhance the health and well-being of members of Scotland’s Minority Ethnic community.
To achieve this, TFM initiative:
- Delivers specialised awareness raising events across Scotland.
- Delivers culturally-sensitive training seminars to frontline staff
- Works to increase the knowledge and understanding of relevant legislation.
- Promotes the TFM in Scotland programme online and throughout Scotland’s ethnic media.