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Definition: Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a procedure where the female genitals are deliberately cut, injured or changed, but where there’s no medical reason for this to be done.

  • It is also known as “female circumcision” or “cutting” and is illegal in the UK. It is illegal to take abroad a British national or permanent resident for FGM, or to help someone trying to do this.
  • All women and girls have the right to control what happens to their bodies and the right to say no to FGM.


Actions to consider

  • If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, contact the Police immediately by dialling 999.
  • Speak to someone. Help is available if you’ve had FGM or you’re worried that you or someone you know is at risk. Our team of experienced and professional caseworkers can talk with you confidentially and offer guidance and support tailored to your needs.
  • If you’re a young person speak to a trusted teacher or staff member at school.
  • If you’re concerned that someone may be at risk, contact the NSPCC helpline on 0800 028 3550 or
  • If you’re under pressure to have FGM performed on your daughter, ask your GP, health visitor or other healthcare professional for help, or contact the NSPCC helpline.
  • If you’ve had FGM, you can get help from a specialist NHS gynaecologist or FGM service – ask your GP, midwife or any other healthcare professional about services in your area.
  • Visit Leicestershire Police for first-hand knowledge, industry best practices and practical crime prevention advice from officers and specialist teams all across the police.


Victim First Can Provide:

  • Emotional Support to cope and recover from the crime
  • Information on other agencies
  • Advice on Crime Prevention
  • Practical support such as a personal alarm or window/door alarm
  • Restorative contact between victim and offender
  • Support using Language interpreters and British Sign Language interpreters

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