207A Coerced marriage or civil union


Everyone is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years who, with intent to cause another person to enter into a marriage or civil union, uses coercion (for example, intimidation, threats, or violence) against that other person.


Subsection (1) applies even if the marriage or civil union—


is not governed by New Zealand law:


is an arrangement or a relationship (however described, and even if not legally binding) in the form of a marriage or civil union:


is not solemnised or otherwise completed:


is, or if solemnised or otherwise completed would be, void or not legally binding (for example, for lack of consent, absence of formality, or non-compliance with a legal requirement).

Section 207A: inserted, on 3 December 2018, by section 28 of the Family Violence (Amendments) Act 2018 (2018 No 47).