There are an estimated 66,000 victims of female genital mutilation in England and Wales. But shockingly, there have been no successful prosecutions for FGM specifically.
I asked the Attorney General Jeremy Wright what the Government is planning to do about the appallingly low prosecution rates for FGM and honour based violence, after local charity Ashiana raised their concerns with me. Ashiana is a great local charity that works with Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee women and children fleeing domestic and sexual abuse and trafficking.
I also asked him about his discussions with Cabinet colleagues on the effectiveness of the Crown Prosecution Service in prosecuting cases of domestic violence. You can read my questions to the Government and the Attorney General’s answers here.
I will continue to press the Government on what they’re doing to ensure there is justice for victims.