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Specialist support is available to victims of female genital mutilation, says Ron Hogg

Victims of female genital mutilation (FGM) in County Durham and Darlington can receive care and support from a locally-based charity.

HALO, based in Middlesbrough, deliver services across County Durham and Darlington, offering support and advice to women and girls who have experienced FGM. HALO also offers training and awareness-raising services to local communities and employers.

Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner Ron Hogg, who funds delivery of the service in County Durham and Darlington, said “Female Genital Mutilation has been a criminal offence in the UK since 1985, and yet this horrific form of child abuse continues. I welcome the first UK conviction of a perpetrator, last week, but it’s a real indictment that it has taken so long. I hope this give victims confidence to talk to someone, and to know that they will be taken seriously.”

HALO Project Director, Yasmin Khan, “the silence surrounding this horrific practice is allowing it to continue. If you are a victims, or you know someone else who is, please talk to someone. We offer support to the victims and are passionate about educating those in the community. That’s where change ultimately has to come from to end the practice of FGM”.

Ron and Yasmin were speaking on the eve of International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, Wednesday 6 February.

HALO can be contacted on 01642 683045.

Posted on Tuesday 5th February 2019
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