Forced Marriage & South Asian Men

The Impact of Forced Marriage: Exploring the Lived Experiences of South Asian Male Victims and Considering the Support Needs and Safeguarding Implications

What is the research about?

The aim of this research study is to explore forced marriage and the safeguarding implications through the lived experiences of South Asian males.

Forced marriage includes emotional, social, financial or cultural pressure to marry and may include physical violence.

Professionals, organisations and people, in general, recognise that women and young girls are forced into marriages.

However, too little attention is given to the fact that men can also be victims of forced marriage. There is very little research on men’s experiences of being forced into a marriage.

In 2016, statistics from the Forced Marriage Unit show that 20% of the cases were of male victims.

Can you help?

I would like to talk with you if you are male, aged 18 and above, of South-Asian background and have been or were at risk of forced marriage and are not in any immediate danger. I would like to talk to you even if the marriage did not take place.

What is the point of the research?

We want you to take part so we can explore your personal experiences with the hope that we can raise awareness for other male victims and help professionals and organisations to develop their understanding of men’s experiences and how they can best safeguard and support you.

Who is carrying out the research and who else will take part?

My name is Rashad and I am a post-graduate researcher from the University of Bradford. This is a small research project and I am hoping to interview 10 to 15 South Asian males. I will not discuss your story or personal details with the other men.

What does this involve?

  • This study will involve a in-depth interview at a place where it is both convenient and safe for you.
  • The interview itself will usually last between one to two hours. However, you are free to stop the interview at any time. You can also refuse to answer any questions without giving a reason.
  • The interview can take place in person, over the phone or through Skype.
  • A copy of the general questions will be provided before the interview.
  • With your permission, the interview will be audio recorded.
  • During the interview, we will be talking about your personal experience, including your feelings, your relationships with your family, your experience of seeking support if you took this step and how you think professionals can best help support men in similar situations. What happens to the information I provide?
  • Once all the interviews have been completed, I will write up the findings of the study.
  • You can view a brief summary of the findings if you wish. The results will be shared with professionals, presented at academic and research conferences and in academic journals.
  • With your permission, I may use direct quotes from the interview in sharing the findings of the research. All names and locations will be changed.


Will my personal details remain private and confidential?

Keeping your personal information private is very important to me and I intend to protect your anonymity and confidentiality to the fullest possible extent, within the limits of the law.

In the final report, you will be referred to by a replacement name. I will remove any references to personal information that might allow someone to guess your identity. All information will be kept securely by me.

However, it is important for you to know that I will not be able to maintain confidentiality if I become concerned about your safety, or of the safety of another child or adult.

Are there any benefits of being involved?

The study intends to build knowledge and understanding on the experiences of South Asian male victims of forced marriage. We hope that by you taking part, we can help to raise awareness for male victims and help professionals to develop their understanding of the issues relating to male victims. The research will also allow professionals to improve their approach to current victims but also to identify and reach out to other potential victims.

Are there any risks of being involved?

The University of Bradford looks at all research studies to make sure that they are safe. This study has been approved by the University of Bradford Humanities, Social and Health Sciences Research Ethics Panel.

During the interview, you may become upset or a question may make you feel a bit uncomfortable. If there is a question that makes you uncomfortable, you do not have to answer. You are free to stop the interview at any time. We also have some information to where you can get help should that be appropriate.

What should I do next?

If you would like to take part, please contact me for further detailed information and I will be able to answer any questions that you may have.

It is completely your choice if you wish to be a part of this study or not. Even if you agree to take part in this study, you are free to change your mind at any time.

If you do not want to take part, thank you for taking the time to think about this.

I have some questions, how do I contact you?

Please free to contact me with any questions that you may have and I will do my best to help.

Telephone on 01274 233509

Text/Ring/Whatsapp on 07572920132



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