Police protecting people at risk from female genital mutilation

PUBLISHED: 17:00 09 February 2017

Victims of sexual violence ncouraged to access support.

Victims of sexual violence ncouraged to access support.

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Officers from Avon and Somerset police have successfully applied for 10 orders to protect potential victims of female genital mutilation (FGM).

FGM is illegal in the UK and it is also illegal to take a British national or permanent resident abroad to carry out the practice.

Female Genital Mutilation Protect Orders (FGMPO) were introduced in July 15 to protect potential victims.

Detective Chief Inspector Leanne Pook, the force and South West lead for FGM, said: “As a pioneering force for the use of FGMPOs we have shared our experience and guidance nationally and given specific support to other forces for their applications.

“We have one active FGM investigation ongoing at the moment, but the majority of our work focuses on safeguarding referrals. This means working with our colleagues in local authorities, health and education to share information and visit and support families with children deemed to be at risk.”

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