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this is a shocking . There is support for victims which could allow the vicitm to obtain surgery to reduce the consequences of female genital mutilation, and also to obtain financial support for psychotherapy and long term medical care. For more information please see: http://www.ibbclaims.co.uk/site/services/child-abuse-and-trafficking/compensation-for-victims-of-fgm/compensation-for-victims-of-fgm_index.html #FGM  

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I found this document to be useful, its 56 pages and guidance for professionals.... I paid particular attention to identifying women and children at risk of FGM or having already had FGM. 

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Problem Identification
 
THERAPEUTIC FRAMEWORK – STUDENT GUIDE
 
 
1    The client’s subjective experiences.
How does the problem affect the patient?
 
 
 
2    The situations in which the problems occur.
Are there specific situations which make the problem worse?
 
 
 
3   How significant others are involved.
Are there other individuals who contribute to the problem?
 
 
 
4    The origin of the problem(s).
 
What is the patient’s first recollection of the problem and when did it start?
 
 
 
5    The duration of the problem(s).
How long does the problem last for?
 
 
 
 
6    The intensity of the problem(s).
 
When were the problems at their worst on a score of 1-10?  How would the patient rate it?
 
 
7    The frequency of the problem(s).
 
How frequently does the problem occur:  hourly, daily, weekly, monthly?
 
 
 
8    Precipitating factors.
 
Is there any specific factor which precedes the problem or triggers it?
 
 
 
9    How the client is reacting to the problem(s).
How is the patient coping with the problem? (emotion or problem-focusing)
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Child marriage breeds a range of complex emotional, physical and medical issues for the young girls/women involved. Child marriage is a major problem in over 50 countries around the developing world. It is however not a significant issue in Scotland and our experience is that it can but rarely happens. The women we work with who were married as children (but are now adults) were not married in Scotland/UK.  

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It is important to distinguish the difference between arranged and forced marriages. 

They are NOT the same. 

I see modern arranged marriages as a ‘dating agency’ where parents seek the best match for their adult children. The children are fully involved and can provide their parents with list of what they seek in a life partner which can consist of; nationality, cultural background, educational attainment, values, religious piety/ non-practicing lifestyle, life goals, looks and many more.

Once someone suitable is found the 2 people involved in the marriage have a chance to meet, get to know one another and fully consent with no emotional or physical duress from anyone. This is an arrange marriage. 

Forced marriage is when 1 or both people involved in the marriage do not fully consent or consent under duress.

Her is a link from an Muslim perspective of arranged/forced marriage 

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