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From 1 June 2023, Victim Support Homicide Service will continue to provide valuable support to those who have been bereaved through homicide both in the UK and abroad and will also offer support to these additional groups:

  • Eyewitnesses of homicide. An eyewitnesses means an individual who has directly witnessed a homicide or major incident and suffered mental or emotional harm as a result.
  • Eyewitnesses to a major incident. A major incident means an incident where a crime causes fatalities which local services are unable to manage and/or where a response is required under one or more of the emergency services’ major incident plans.
  • Short-term outreach support for children and young people in the immediate aftermath of a homicide in their community or a major incident (as described above).

Bereaved families, or direct eyewitnesses affected by a murder or manslaughter, should be told about Victim Support Homicide Service by the police family liaison officers who contact us if you have experienced a murder or manslaughter. If people are happy to receive Victim Support’s help, the police will contact Victim Support Homicide Service directly and they will arrange to see you as soon as convenient.

Anyone bereaved in this way can also contact Victim Support directly by calling the Victim Support National Homicide Service on 0300 303 1984 or by visiting the Victim Support website here

If English is not your first language and you would like some support, please call Victim Support and let them know which language you speak and they will call you back with an interpreter as soon as possible.

If you are deaf or hard of hearing, Victim Support also welcome calls via the Relay UK app.