Transformative mediation in forced marriage cases

TitleTransformative mediation in forced marriage cases
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsDanna D, Cavenaghi P
JournalInterdisciplinary Journal of Family Studies
Date Published06/2012
PublisherPadova University Press
Place PublishedPadova, IT
ISSN Number2282-2011
Keywordscross cultural transformative mediation, forced marriage

This article aims at fostering a dialogue among different experiences and positions in regard to the use of mediators in cases of forced marriage. Forced marriages are a subset of domestic violence and a violation of the human right to choose a partner. There are grey areas between a forced and an arranged marriage, customary in many cultures. Evidence is taken primarily from experiences in Denmark, Norway and the UK. A particular methodology, cross cultural transformative mediation (similar to victim advocacy), is explained and proponents and opponents of mediation are put into a fictitious dialogue.