FGM is recognised as a human rights violation by the United Nations and is an extreme form of violence on girls and women. It has many harmful consequences and there is no medical or other justification for it.
FGM has been illegal in the UK since 1985 and it is also illegal to take a girl abroad to undergo FGM if they are a British citizen or habitually resident in the UK.
If you or someone you know is at risk of harm and worried about FGM please seek help.
In the UK you can contact the following:
The emergency services – if someone is at immediate risk of FGM or having severe medical problems please ring 999. The police and health services are trained to recognise FGM and can protect and help. For non-emergency support you can ring the police on 101.
FGM is illegal in the UK and you can report FGM anonymously via Crimestoppers free phone 0800 555 111.
The NSPCC provide an anonymous helpline service dedicated to FGM which is available 24/7 to provide advice and support. The number is 0800 028 3550.
If you have undergone FGM, here is a list of clinics where you can seek information and support: Specialist Clinic Services List
The Dahlia Project is a specialist service for women who have undergone FGM. The project offers a safe space for women and girls and runs a support group or one to one counselling for survivors of FGM.