Female Genital Mutilation and Forced Marriage
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a collective term for all procedures, which include “the partial or total removal of the external female genital organs for cultural or other non-therapeutic reasons”, World Health Organisation (WHO).
FGM is very harmful. It is not like male circumcision. It causes long-term mental and physical suffering, difficulty in giving birth, infertility and even death.
FGM is much more common than most people realise and has been illegal in the UK since the Female Circumcision Prohibition Act 1985.
What we do?
Durham Constabulary work jointly with our partners in social care services, health and Education.

Here at Durham Constabulary we have our own HBV specialist officers who are able to offer advice and expert knowledge to victims and practitioners in these sensitive cases.
We will support and protect victims and witnesses to ensure any offences identified are fully investigated

To report concerns about a FGM
Any person having concerns about a person who is believed to  have been subjected to or is at risk of being subject to FGM, please report it by calling 101
If you have any doubts concerns we would prefer to receive a false call with good intentions rather than no call.
Remember: in an emergency call 999.
We take all reports seriously and our specialist trained officers will work with victims.