Female genital mutilation (FGM), also known as female circumcision or cutting, is a form of child abuse. FGM refers to procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons and it's illegal in the UK.
FGM has serious health consequences, both at the time of the procedure and into adulthood. There are also long-term emotional and psychological effects from the lasting damage caused by FGM.
Female genital mutilation is an extremely serious crime. It illegal to:
The maximum penalty is 14 years in prison and/or a fine.
Important: If you feel in immediate danger, or suspect a child may be in immediate danger, you should dial 999 immediately.
If you feel you are at risk, suffering from the effects of FGM, suspect a child may be at risk or have any information at all relating to suspected acts of FGM, we would prefer to speak to you on the phone (by calling us on 101) or in person at a police station.
If contacting us online is the safest way for you to get in touch fill in the Report a crime or incident form.
0800 028 3550
A not for profit organisation that works to protect girls and young women who are at risk of FGM.
The Foundation for Women's Health charity provides support for women affected by FGM and works to eliminate the practice.
A charity which helps with the integration of young people and children who have arrived from other countries and cultures.
This site contains further advice and information regarding FGM and details of specific health clinics in Bristol offering support for victim’s suffering from FGM.