The definition of Female Genital Mutilation according to the World Health Organisation is “all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons”.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is sometimes called female circumcision or “cut”.
It is estimated that over 130,000 women are living with FGM in the UK; with 60,000 girls under 15 at risk. FGM has been illegal since 1985 because of the long lasting and devastating effect to emotional and physical health it can cause. The Serious Crime Act 2015 now also places a compulsory duty on social care, health and teaching professionals to report cases of FGM in under 18’s to the Police.
There can be many reasons why FGM may happen.
If you or someone you know is at risk of FGM you can apply to the Court for a Female Genital Mutilation Protection Order (FGMPO). This is a protective Order which can forbid a person from acting in a defined way. If you have already been subject to FGM you can also apply. An Order can not only stop FGM but if FGM has taken place an Order can request urgent medical treatment.
At Emery Johnson Astills we can provide safe, confidential and reassuring advice on what your options are. We can see you quickly to discuss your concerns and explore availability of Legal Aid. The process is quick and simple.
For further information and advice regarding FGM please contact the Family Team at Emery Johnson Astills on 0116 255 4855.