What is it?
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a form of abuse occurring in some African, Asian and Middle Eastern communities within the UK involving the partial or total removal of the external female genital organs or injury to the female genital organs for non-medical or cultural reasons. It is against the law. FGM can cause serious and long-term health problems and leaves emotional and psychological scars which can last a lifetime.
What should I do?
FGM remains an under-reported crime because many victims are too frightened to come forward, often because of the serious consequences for their family. However, FGM is a horrific form of abuse and must always be treated as a criminal matter. If you suspect someone you know is at risk of FGM it is vital you raise your concerns at the earliest opportunity. In many cases a victim can be protected if intervention takes place early.
How to report it?
If you feel you or a child you know is potentially at risk, please contact police by calling 101 where your report will be treated with the utmost seriousness. You can also get in touch via our online reporting form if this is the safest means of doing so.
Where to get help?
A helpline specialising in responses to FGM operates 24/7 and is be staffed by specially trained child protection helpline counsellors. The helpline can be contacted on 0800 028 3550 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Other sources of help and information
Asian Women's Projects
Hadhari Nari: 01332 270101 Humari Manzil: 01322 270770 Muslim Women's Helpline: 020 8904 8193 Muslim Sisters Haven: 0800 0528714 Asian Counselling Service: 020 8567 5616