Forced marriage, coercive control, and conducive contexts: the experiences of women in Scotland

Khatidja Chantler, Melanie McCarry

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This article is based on the first Scottish study of survivor perspectives of forced marriage. In-depth interviews were conducted with eight survivors. Our thematic analysis identified five key themes: understandings of forced marriage, the “grooming” process, betrayal, legal responses, and women’s resistance. Utilizing Stark’s framework of coercive control and Kelly’s concept of conducive contexts, we illuminate hitherto under-appreciated dynamics of forced marriage: (a) the conceptualization of forced marriage as a process rather than an event, (b) the role of mothers within patriarchal contexts, and (c) betrayals of family and services as compounding long-term adverse effects of forced marriage.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-109
Number of pages21
JournalViolence Against Women
Issue number1
Early online date1 Mar 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020


  • forced marriage
  • coercive control
  • conducive contexts
  • role of mothers

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