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The Missing Link: A Joined Up Approach to Addressing Harmful Practices in London

Publication Date: 
September, 2011

End Violence Against Women (EVAW) member Imkaan has today written to the Prime Minister urging him to work with key ministers to develop the government's violence against women and girls action plan to eradicate forced marriage, ‘honour-based' violence and female genital mutilation (sometimes referred to as ‘female circumcision') in the UK.

Imkaan has enclosed a copy of its new 86 page report, which was commissioned by the Mayor of London and is entitled ‘The Missing Link: A Joined-Up Approach to Addressing Harmful Practices in London' .

 This study was commissioned and funded by the Greater London Authority to address a knowledge gap on the needs of black, minority ethnic and refugee (BMER) women experiencing harmful practices (HPs). The specific aim of the study was to provide a document which would help to engage commissioners, funders, policy-makers and frontline practitioners to improve the way London responds to HPs. The study was carried out between December 2010 and March 2011.

The report is serious in its broad finding that despite the thousands of girls at risk in the UK, there is no consistent approach by authorities to deal with these issues. Health workers including GPs, social workers and teachers receive no mandatory training in this area and there is a real and dangerous postcode lottery of support services for girls and women should they try to find help.

November 2011 (Source: http://www.endviolenceagainstwomen.org.uk).

 

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