PCC funds specialist training in the fight against FGM

06/02/2015

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, Katy Bourne is funding training for 16 police officers who will become specialist investigators in Harmful Traditional Practices, including FGM. The funding is another investment in the Commissioner’s fight against sexual violence towards women and girls.

Mrs Bourne said: “FGM causes pain, misery and trauma to its many victims around the world.

“It is a hugely complex area that needs to be fully recognised, understood and supported in order to help prevent more victims.

“Encouraging people to report FGM can be even harder within some ethnic minority communities. That is why I am funding specialist training for 16 police officers in order to help bridge the relationship between police officers and ethnic communities in Sussex. The specific three-day training programme will be delivered by the national charity Karma Nirvana, who are the leading experts in honour based abuse, in partnership with the Crown Prosecution Service.”

Commenting on the forthcoming training for Sussex Police officers, CEO of Karma Nirvana, Jasvinder Sanghera said: “Our training will support police officers to effectively protect potential victims of honour based abuse. Karma Nirvana is very pleased to be able to deliver our specialist training in Sussex”.

Mrs Bourne continued: “I believe FGM is an issue which is still significantly under reported in Sussex and across the country. I would urge anyone who has been a victim of FGM or has any information about its practice here in Sussex to please contact Sussex Police as a matter of urgency. Please call 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”

In January the PCC welcomed the opportunity to comment on the introduction of mandatory reporting for Female Genital Mutilation. Please read her response to Home Office consultation by clicking here.

Link to PCC FGM video message for Gatwick conference in 2014.

Support the United Nation’s International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) by joining the social media campaign #EndFGM.

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