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Resource library

Find free, downloadable resources on forced marriage.

Resources by Anti-Slavery Australia / My Blue Sky

These resources were developed through our 'Speak Now' project, following extensive consultations with frontline workers, young people and community stakeholders across Australia.

The project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.

For frontline workers

Our digital Frontline Worker Guide provides practical guidance on:

  • What forced marriage is

  • Good practice principles

  • How to identify forced marriage

  • How to respond to forced marriage and support those at-risk

For frontline workers

Our free online course, 'Modern Slavery in the Home', teaches you how modern slavery can take place in a home. Build your capacity to identify and respond to forced marriage, domestic servitude and human trafficking.

For communities

Use our community poster to educate and raise awareness about the rights that people have around marriage.

For young people

Use our youth poster to connect with and support people who are being pressured to marry.

Other resources

Forced Marriage Community Pack

The Forced Marriage Community Pack was developed by the Australian Government in partnership with the National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery's Communication and Awareness Working Group.

The pack contains these resources on forced marriage:

  • Information sheet

  • Frequently asked questions (FAQs) sheet

  • Information for organisations and service providers

  • Safety plan and template

  • Small fold-away booklet

  • Fact sheet for media

Click here to download the pack from the Australian Government's website.

Guidelines for NGOs: Working with trafficked people

The Guidelines are a publication by members of the National Roundtable on Human Trafficking and Slavery to assist non-government organisations (NGOs) working with people who have experienced human trafficking, slavery or slavery-like practices, including forced marriage.

Developed by NGOs for NGOs, the Guidelines are an important resource for any organisation, whether they are an NGO well-established in this area, or one working with trafficked people for the first time.

The Guidelines promote the best interests of trafficked people including the importance of informed consent, privacy protection and services tailored to the individual. They provide practical advice to NGOs that are working with people who have experienced all forms of human trafficking and slavery, including forced marriage.

Click here to read and download the Guidelines (PDF).

My Rights – My Future forced marriage Kit

This Resource Kit was developed by ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious against Trafficking in Humans) for secondary school teachers and staff, following a pilot project in 2015.

The Kit was designed to help educate students about Australia’s forced marriage legislation, through curriculum materials targeted at students aged 14–18 years.

Click here to read and download the Kit.

The following recommendations from ACRATH need to be carefully considered before using the Kit:

  • Training is required prior to using the learning and teaching resources of the Kit.

  • It is critical that the culture of the students be respected at all times.

  • Teachers considering using the Kit are strongly advised to speak with school leadership and the school’s Student Welfare staff prior to commencement.

  • Teachers and school staff need to be familiar with Appendix One of this Kit – Protocols and Procedures, in terms of student safety and welfare. The school’s own policies and procedures, along with the education sector authority’s policies, also need to be considered.

Child and forced marriage: A guide for professionals working with the Muslim community

This information guide was developed by Australian Muslim Women's Centre for Human Rights and is based on their 20+ years of experience working with Muslim women on issues such as child/forced marriage (CFM) and family violence.

This guide provides information on the nature of CFM and its impact on women and families. It looks at the way in which the community sector and legal system in Australia currently responds to the issue of CFM.

Click here to read and download the guide (PDF).