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Female genital mutilation

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is when a woman or girl’s genitals are deliberately cut, injured or changed for no medical reason. It is also known as female circumcision or cutting.

It is usually carried out on young girls between infancy and 15 years old, most commonly before puberty starts. It can also be carried out during adolescence or before a young woman gets married. It can also happen to adult women.

FGM is a crime and must be reported to the police.

If someone is in immediate danger of FGM, call the police. If you know a British national who has been taken abroad for FGM, contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 020 7008 1500.

Find out more about FGM from the NHS website. 

Getting help

Crime Stoppers

A charity that allows you to report crime 100% anonymously. You can also seek advice from them if you are worried that someone you know may be at risk of a crime.

www.crimestoppers-uk.org/

0800 555 111

Devon Rape Crisis Service

They offer services in Devon (but not Plymouth). They offer confidential, professional support to survivors of rape, sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse.

www.devonrapecrisis.org.uk/

01392 204174

support@devonrapecrisis.org.uk

Women's Aid

For women who are experiencing or have experienced physical, mental, sexual or domestic violence or abuse. Offers advice, support and crisis intervention to abused women.

www.womensaid.org.uk

0808 2000 247

helpline@womensaid.org.uk

If you are concerned that an adult is at risk please call

0345 155 1007

or email csc.caredirect@devon.gov.uk.

If it’s an emergency call 999