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Female Genital Mutilation

Volume 692: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 15 May (WA 24), how many victims of genital mutilation have applied for civil protection under Part IV of the Family Law Act 1996 (as amended) or the Protection from Harassment Act 1997; and [HL3861]

Further to the Written Answer by Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 15 May (WA 24), whether they have published guidance to victims of genital mutilation about the civil protection available to them. [HL3862]

The type of abuse in a case, including female genital mutilation (FGM), is not recorded centrally when an application for civil protection is made under either the Family Law Act 1996 or the Protection from Harassment Act 1997.

There is no separate guidance on civil court protection for victims of FGM. However, in March this year my department published an update of the 2003 guidance Domestic ViolenceA Guide to Civil Remedies and Criminal Sanctions, which outlines a number of civil remedies available to victims and how to apply. There is also a range of guidance across government concerning FGM, including a DVD produced by the Department of Health, which provides both factual and clinical information to health professionals.