Promising Practice: Section 8(b) of the Model Strategies and Practical Measures on the Elimination of Violence against Women in the Field of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, states:
Member States are urged, within the framework of their national legal systems . . . [t]o develop investigative techniques that do not degrade women subjected to violence and minimize intrusion, while maintaining standards for the collection of the best evidence[.]
CASE STUDY – United Kingdom – Summer Holidays are for Fun not Pain Campaign
In 2007, the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) developed and implemented Project Azure to safeguard children and raise awareness about FGM, particularly in relation to the health implications for the girl and the legal implications for anyone assisting in the procedure. One of the Project’s main goals is to tackle the prevalence of FGM during the summer holidays. During this period, families that practice FGM often take girls under their care abroad to perform the procedure or conduct the procedure at home, utilizing the holiday period as recovery time. The campaign “Summer Holidays are for Fun not Pain,” implemented by MPS in conjunction with the London Children’s Safeguarding Board (LSCB), the British Medical Association (BMA), Foundation for Women’s Health, Research and Development (FORWARD), Africans United against Child Abuse, (AFRUCA) and the Agency for Culture and Change Management (ACCM), aims to inform the public of the practice and appeals to families and caregivers to protect and prevent children from undergoing FGM. (See: Metropolitan Police Female Genital Mutilation Prevention Campaign and Metropolitan Police website on FGM)
See also: Public Education Section below.
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