• The Welsh Government is committed to tackling this persistent form of inequality for women as well as underpinning our commitment to all victims of domestic abuse. - Carl Sargeant, Minister for Social Justice & Local Government, 25 March 2010
  • Violence against women and girls continues unabated in every continent, country and culture. It takes a devastating toll on women's lives, on their families, and on society as a whole. Most societies prohibit such violence — yet the reality is that too often, it is covered up or tacitly condoned. - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, 8 March 2007
  • Over 20,000 girls under 15 in England & Wales are potentially at risk from all types of female genital mutilation. - A Statistical Study to Estimate the Prevalence of FGM in England & Wales, 2007

Useful information

Are you in immediate danger?

If you have visited this website because you feel you are in immediate danger, there are a number of steps you can take to help keep you safe.

  • If you can, get out of the situation now
  • Ring your police station 101, or if it is an emergency, call 999
  • Ring the Welsh Women's Aid National Helpline on 0808 8010 800. The Helpline is open 24hrs, every day of the year
  • Contact your local refuge and support service. Details including opening hours and contact numbers are listed here
  • Call someone you trust and ask them to help you

If you are under 18 and have visited this website because you feel you and your family are in immediate danger, please:

  • Ring your local police  on 101 or, if it is an emergency, call 999
  • Call Childline on 0800 1111 and they will be able to tell you where you can get help near where you live. Childline is open 24 hours a day
  • Call someone you trust and ask them to help you

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