Forced marriage happens in Australia. Help us to assist victims and give women and girls a better future.


Did you know?

  • Forced marriage is an abuse of human rights and is against the law in Australia
  • A marriage is forced if it is entered into without free and full consent. It is different to arranged marriage, which is a legal practice where both parties freely consent to the marriage.
  • Victims and perpetrators of forced marriage are not limited to any particular cultural group, religion or ethnicity
  • Forced marriage is harmful and can result in violence, isolation, servitude, imprisonment, mental health problems, even death

Give women and girls a better future — support vital research to prevent forced marriage

Girls and young women forced into marriage have limited options available to them when seeking the help they need. They are often isolated, unsupported and living in fear. 

Good Shepherd is one of five drivers of the Victorian Forced Marriage Network, along with Australian Red Cross, Centre for Multicultural Youth, Intouch Multicultural Centre against Family Violence and the Victorian Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Coalition. The network provides a platform for cross-sectoral information sharing, collaboration and joint advocacy on the issue of forced marriage.

Your donation will support vital research to identify gaps in services and help us develop resources for community organisations to support forced marriage victims and those at risk.

Your donation will help us build better support systems to improve outcomes for young women and girls.

Click here to make a donation or call +61 3 8412 7335.