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South Lanarkshire's Partnership on Gender-Based Violence

More information about harmful cultural practices

Harmful cultural practices are forms of violence which have been committed primarily against women and girls in certain communities and societies for so long that they are considered, or presented by perpetrators, as part of accepted cultural practice.  The most common are: forced or child marriage, so-called 'honour'- based violence and genital mutilation (FGM).

There are numerous services available to those who have been affected by harmful cultural practices:

Forced Marriage Unit: 0207 008 0151

Hemat Gryffe Women's Aid (Asian, Black and Ethnic Minority Women and Children): 0141 353 0859

NSPCC Female Genital Mutilation Helpline: 0800 028 3550

Police Scotland: 101 (non-emergency) or 999

Scottish Women's Rights Centre: 08088 010 789

Shakti Women's Aid: 0131 475 2399

Social Work: 0303 123 1008