Violence Against Women and Girls

House of Lords written question – answered on 25th February 2014.

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Photo of Lord Hylton Lord Hylton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve information for migrants and practitioners so that victims of violence against women and girls, including those subjected to genital mutilation, receive the treatment they need and offenders are prosecuted.

Photo of Lord Taylor of Holbeach Lord Taylor of Holbeach The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

In 2012 the Home Office worked in partnership with Southall Black Sisters to publish a leaflet for black and minority ethnic women at risk of domestic abuse called Three Steps to Escaping Domestic Violence. The leaflet provides advice on so-called “honour”-based violence, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, dowry abuse, domestic and sexual abuse, and offered advice for those having no recourse to public funds. It has been distributed through organisations working with vulnerable women and girls, including migrants. As part of a concerted drive to end female genital mutilation (FGM), the Home Office has also distributed over 40,000 copies of a “Statement Opposing FGM” leaflet, setting out the law and criminal penalties that can be used against those who facilitate FGM. The leaflet is available in twelve languages.

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