Female genital mutilation (FGM)

Female genital mutilation, also known as FGM, is a procedure where the female genitals are deliberately cut, injured or changed, but there’s no medical reason for this to be done.


If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, always call 999.

FGM is illegal in the UK. It is painful and can seriously harm the health of girls and women. Find out more about FGM.

Where can I get help for me or someone else?

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Help is out there and you will be taken seriously.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, always call 999.

To talk to us about your own situation or report your concerns about someone else when it’s not an emergency, call us on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016. You can also call your local police on 101, visit your nearest police station or speak to a police officer or police community support officer in person.

Please be ready to give as many details as you can, including:

  • Your name or the name of the person you are calling about
  • Where you or the person you are calling about live
  • Why you are concerned about your own or someone else’s welfare and safety

    If you don’t want to speak to the police, tell someone you trust. This could be a friend, your GP, other healthcare professional, social worker or support worker.

Contact Us

To report a crime or incident, call

0800 40 50 40

or text 61016

In an emergency call 999

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