North East FGM Support Services

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has been a criminal offence since 1985. The current legislation is the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003, which replaced the Female Circumcision Act of 1985. The 2003 Act makes it an offence to:

  • Perform FGM
  • Assist or encourage another person to perform FGM
  • Assist or encourage the performance of FGM outside the UK

It is also an offence for a UK national or permanent UK resident to perform FGM or assist or encourage someone else to perform FGM in another country, even if FGM is legal in that country. This means, for example, that someone who arranges for a woman or girl who is a UK national to have the operation carried out overseas will be committing an offence.

There are a number of agencies in the North East who can offer support to victims of FGM, whether or not they report to the police, and whether or not there is a prosecution. CPS North East recognises the need for support for women and girls affected by FGM, and we have therefore included this list of local support agencies on our website.


 Organisation Area email phone numberServices Offered 
 HALO Project Cleveland and Durham 01642 683045 Support and advocacy to individuals who have suffered or are at risk of FGM. Our Circle of Friends network provides a safe and confidential space for victims to share their experiences and seek support from other support services. We also offer advice, guidance and awareness training to Providers to recognise the potential signs of FGM and give professional advice to agencies in order to offer protection and safeguard individuals who may be at risk.
 Straight Forward Middlesbrough 07949592688 / 07462799555  Confidential, Non-judgemental and Respectful service to the communities on the issue of FGM. In the same token, we empower and support vulnerable female community members in Tees Valley Area.
 Shine Newcastle (0191)2772048
 One to one support for affected family members;
Advice and information
Training for men and women affected by FGM
Awareness raising for professionals
(currently developing drop in sessions for affected families)
 Angelou Centre North East (0191)2260394 We have a dedicated FGM project. Mama &Binti.  Activities include:
 Individual support and advocacy for women and girls affected by FGM
 Awareness raising training and support to womens community organisations affected by FGM
 The development of FGM community champions from affected communities
 Awareness raising events and activities with professionals
 Development of a network for women and girls affected by FGM
 Rape Crisis Tyneside & Northumberland
 Tyneside & Northumberland


(0191)222 0272

0800 035 2794

 No dedicated separate service, but counselling, helpline, email support and information is available to women affected by FGM