Posted by Hannah Porter on 7th February 2017

This week marks the start of the Red Triangle initiative which aims to encourage people to give police information to detect and prevent female genital mutilation (FGM). This campaign will run until International Women’s Day on 8 March.

women against Female Genital MutilationFGM is any procedure that involves the injury to, or partial or total removal of female genitalia for non-medical reasons. This practice is especially prominent in parts of the Middle East, South East Asia and over 29 countries across Africa. It is also an increasingly concerning issue in the UK, particularly prevalent in those areas where migrants from FGM affected communities live and an issue, to a greater or lesser degree, in every local authority in the UK.

FGM is a form of child abuse and violence against women and children, it is a criminal offence. It is also an offence to take a British national or permanent resident abroad for FGM or assist with this process. It is believed that there are approximately 23,000 girls under 15 at risk of FGM in England and Wales and almost 60,000 women and girls living with the consequences of FGM.

FGM Protection Orders

In July 2015 FGM protection orders came into force to safeguard girls at risk. The latest figures from the Ministry of Justice showed 97 applications and 79 orders had been made up to the end of September 2016, however there has not yet been a successful prosecution.

What is it?

Who can apply?

How to apply?

The Court process:

What to do

If you, or somebody you know is in immediate danger of FGM you should contact the police.

If you believe somebody, or yourself, to be at risk of FGM or a victim of FGM you can anonymously contact the NSPCC.

If you have concerns that someone you know is a victim of FGM, sexual abuse or domestic abuse and requires legal protection contact The Family Law Company by calling us on 01392 421777 for further advice and assistance with applications for legal aid.

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