Police in Northamptonshire are supporting a Home Office campaign, launched last week, to raise awareness of female genital mutilation (FGM).

The key message is that FGM is an unacceptable form of abuse and is illegal in the UK. It is also illegal to take a British national or permanent resident abroad for FGM or to help someone trying to do this.

Prevention is at the heart of the campaign, which calls for the safeguarding and protection of all girls and women who may be at risk of FGM, which often has severe consequences for their physical and mental health.

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