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Support services for female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriage and "honour" based abuse

"Honour" based violence

So-called "honour" based abuse is a term used to describe violence committed against a woman or a girl (or sometimes men) who the family or the community feels has not followed what they believe is acceptable behaviour and has brought dishonour or shame to the family.

Forced marriage

forced marriage is where one (or both) of the spouses does not want to get married and is forced or coerced into it. In cases where someone has disabilities, they may not have the capacity to consent to marry. Coercion can include physical, psychological, emotional, sexual and financial pressures and abuse.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

According to the World Health Organisation, female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

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Support services for forced marriage and "honour" based abuse

Support services for forced marriage and "honour" based abuse

Forced Marriage Unit (FMU)

Can be contacted if you’re trying to stop a forced marriage or if you need help supporting someone to leave a forced marriage.

The assistance provided ranges from simple safety advice, through to aiding a victim to prevent their unwanted spouse moving to the UK (‘reluctant sponsor’ cases), and, in extreme circumstances, to rescues of victims held against their will overseas

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Tel: 020 7008 0151

020 7008 1500 (Out of hours, ask for the Global Response Centre)


Email for outreach work:

Ashiana Network

Empowers Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) women, particularly South Asian, Turkish and Middle Eastern women who are experiencing all forms of Violence Against Women & Girls (VAWG). Including domestic violence, sexual violence and harmful practices such as forced marriage, honour based violence & female genital mutilation. Ashiana provides support, counselling and safe housing, enabling women and girls to make positive and appropriate choices for themselves.

Tel: 020 8539 0427



(Iran and Kurdish women's rights organisation)

Provide direct services to Middle Eastern and Afghan women and girls who are at risk of ‘honour’ based violence, forced marriage, child marriage, female genital mutilation and domestic violence. This includes advocacy, training and counselling and promoting clients’ rights. They also provide advice and support to professionals from bodies such as the police, social services and schools to help them to understand issues affecting minority ethnic women.

Tel: 020 7920 6460

Karma Nirvana

Helpline to individuals affected by “Honour” Based Abuse and Forced Marriage, regardless of age, gender or background. They are a source of practical support, offering options and guidance to those who need it.

They also continue to break the silence and raise awareness through various educational and training services.

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Tel: 0800 5999247


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Support services for female genital mutilation (FGM)

Support services for female genital mutilation (FGM)

Project Azure, Metropolitan Police

Reporting FGM to the police

In an emergency call 999

Tel: 020 7161 2888

Deinfibulation Clinic

Is based at Women’s & Young People’s Services at Mile End Hospital.Sylvia Pankhurst Health Centre, Mile End Hospital, Bancroft Rd. London, E1 4DG


Sylvia Pankhurst Health Centre,

Mile End Hospital, Bancroft Rd.


E1 4DG

Tel: 020 7377 7870

Women’s Health & Family Services (WHFS)

Is a multi-cultural community health charity based in Tower Hamlets that focuses on health and empowerment issues for disadvantaged women and their families. WHFS works to support women who have been affected by FGM, or who are at risk from the practice in the borough.

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm


Tel: 020 7377 8725

OSCA (Ocean Somali Community Association)

Is a charity organisation running free services for residents in East London. Their aim is to provide support services for the Somali community to access opportunities and to strengthen relationships with mainstream service providers to create social changes.

One of OSCA’s active women’s projects is Community against FGM and is funded by the Trust for London. They facilitate dialogues about FGM, its impact and its status in UK law, bringing together young people, women and other members of the community. By raising awareness and overcoming the taboo nature of FGM, the project aims to increase the skills and capacity of the community.

Monday to Friday, 7am to 7pm

Tel: 020 7987 5833



(Foundation for Women's Health Research and Development)

Is a leading African diaspora women’s campaign and support organisation, committed to gender equality and safeguarding the rights of African girls and women.

They work through partnerships in the UK, Europe and Africa to transform lives, tackling discriminatory practices that affect the dignity and wellbeing of girls and women. One of their focuses is FGM

Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm

Tel: 020 8960 4000



Daughters of Eve

A non-profit organisation that works to protect girls and young women who are at risk from female genital mutilation (FGM).

By raising awareness about FGM and sign-posting support services they aim to help people who are affected by FGM and ultimately help bring an end to this practice.

 Text: 07983 030488

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VAWG service directory

You can find lots of other useful services on the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) service directory homepage.