Female genital mutilation (FGM), sometimes known as 'female circumcision' or 'female cutting', is a crime. 

Call 999 if it’s an emergency or you’re in immediate danger.

It is illegal to take a British national or permanent resident abroad for female genital mutilation, or to help someone trying to do this.

Get help if you think you may be a victim

The Live Fear Free helpline provides help and advice to: 

  • anyone experiencing female genital mutilation, domestic abuse or sexual violence
  • people who know someone who needs help
  • practitioners seeking professional advice

Get in touch with live fear free advisers free of charge by phone, online chat, text or email.